25 Events

TAPP Open House 2021

Benn Craig, Belfer Center Communications

Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose Project Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 15, 2022 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 15th on the rooftop of Felipe's Taqueria from 4 - 6pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2022-2023 academic year. RSVP is required to attend.

Drinks and snacks provided. This event is restricted to students who are 21+. 

Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project: Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 23rd at Felipe's Taqueria from 5 - 7pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Drinks and snacks provided.

Bob Workman, a board of directors member at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1018

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Special Series - Open to the Public

A Year Like No Other: Technology and Public Purpose in 2020

Mon., Apr. 26, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

The past year was unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, and Capitol riots were all extraordinary events--ones that forced us to confront long standing issues of race, equity, accessibility, democracy, and more. We also confronted the role of technology in both helping and harming public causes. 

These past 12 months serve as a case study for technology and public purpose, forcing us to examine the immense benefits and critical harms of technologies in our daily lives. As the kickoff to the Perspectives of Public Purpose Week, Belfer Center and TAPP Faculty Director and the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will moderate a discussion with our inaugural cohort of TAPP fellows on how tech has both helped and hindered progress in 2020, and what lessons we’ve learned moving forward.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Belfer Bullet Points | Leadership in National Security with Sec. Ash Carter

Tue., June 30, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Online

Join the Belfer Center for a Belfer Bullet Points Series discussion with Sec. Ash Carter.  Drawing on his depth of experience in the U.S. national security and defense communities, Sec. Carter will present his top five bullet points on leadership in the national security field. 

Please RSVP below to receive the Zoom meeting link via email. 

Mme Florence Parly

Office of Florence Parly

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

“Transatlantic Security in 2020” with Mme Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France

Tue., Jan. 28, 2020 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Please join the Belfer Center and the Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship for speech by Madame Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces of France, followed by a discussion with Professors Ash Carter, Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs, and Nicholas Burns, Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations. 

RSVPs are required and space is limited. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early for a possible bag check by security and bring an ID. Open to HUID holders only. 

Ambassador Samantha Power

Martha Stewart

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Education of an Idealist: A Conversation with Samantha Power

Thu., Oct. 17, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

​The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs welcome Samantha Power for a discussion of her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist.  Power, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017, is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel Professor of the Practice of Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Power will be joined in conversation with Director of the Belfer Center and former United States Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter.

The event will be followed by a book signing. Please note that while books will not be available for purchase at the event, attendees are encouraged to bring a copy for Amb. Power to sign.

The 116th Congress faces pressure to consider policy approaches to the dilemmas of big tech platforms.

CC: Lucas (flickr)

Special Series - Open to the Public

Big Tech and Democracy: Policy Approaches to Address Tech Platforms

Thu., Mar. 21, 2019 | 9:30am - 2:30pm

Technology has reached a critical juncture in American society. The unfettered optimism of recent decades is now tempered through rising concerns over privacy and security, the impact of disinformation campaigns, and increasing calls for digital accountability. It is clear that the 116th Congress will face pressure to shape technological innovation through policies that protect and serve the best interests of their constituents.

The Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center together with the Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project at HKS’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs is hosting a workshop on Capitol Hill for Congressional staffers focused on identifying and discussing policy approaches to the dilemmas of big tech platforms.

Dr. I.P. Park, LG Electronics president and CTO, ushers in the future of Artificial Intelligence while delivering the LG Pre CES keynote address.

Jack Dempsey/AP Images for LG Electronics

Seminar - Open to the Public

Responsible AI: A Guide to the Future

Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:30am

Taubman Building - Nye A, B, & C, 5th Floor

Join us for a discussion on “Responsible AI: A Guide to the Future” with Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab and a panel of distinguished speakers working on innovative and emerging AI-based technologies. This event is sponsored by the Harvard Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project
 

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JFK Jr Forum - Open to the Public

Crossing the Chasm: Why Now is the Time for Public Interest Technology

Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 | 6:00pm

Harvard Kennedy School - Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

A Forum event with

Ash Carter
Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs, HKS
Former United States Secretary of Defense (2015-2017)

Vanita Gupta
President and CEO, The Leadership Conference

Reid Hoffman
Partner, Greylock Partners
Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn

Latanya Sweeney
Professor of Government and Technology in Residence, Department of Government
Director, Data Privacy Lab, Harvard University
Former Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission

David Eaves (Moderator)
Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School