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During a live fireside chat, Ash Carter and WIRED Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson spoke with Tech Spotlight recipients about how their innovations serve the public good.

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Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose Project Spotlights Outstanding Technologies for Public Good

| Oct. 15, 2020

In its inaugural Tech Spotlight recognition ceremony today, TAPP celebrated three outstanding technologies that represent the best in responsible development and deployment of technology for the public good.

Members of the Faculty Working Group discuss the public purpose implications of emerging technologies.

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Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group Annual Report 2019-2020

| September 2020

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group (FWG), hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean Frank Doyle, holds monthly discussion-based meetings that explore and answer the question:

How do we resolve the dilemmas posed to public good and public purpose, created by technology’s unstoppable advances?

The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group Annual Report is a summary report of findings, key insights, and outstanding questions from the discussions held during the 2019-2020 academic year.  

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Senior Tech Leaders Join Harvard Kennedy School’s Technology and Public Purpose Project as Non-Resident Fellows

| Sep. 22, 2020

The Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has named five senior leaders in technology as non-resident fellows for the 2020-21 academic year.


Responsible Investing in Tech and Venture Capital

| September 2020

Historically, venture capital firms have been the first investors in many of the world’s largest and most influential companies. The business model, culture, and values of global companies are often shaped in the early years of a company’s development, and venture capital firms as the first investors and board members play an important role in this process. 

In the last few years, the world’s largest tech companies have run into major challenges in managing societal issues—the result of which has been governments, media, and activists taking a much deeper look how foundational values and cultures were shaped.

This discussion paper highlights several challenges and some potential solutions for advancing the management of societal impacts of venture capital firms and portfolio companies. 

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- Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

From the Director

| Spring 2020

The Belfer Center’s commitment to the Middle East transcends study of a contentious part of the world, writes Belfer Center Director Ash Carter. Our higher purpose, he says, is fostering real engagement with diverse populations. In a region where human connection—both between and within borders—remains wanting, the Center understands that there’s no substitute for direct conversation with those who make the Middle East their home.