19 Events

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

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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.

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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

Seminar - Open to the Public

Technology Innovation & Public Purpose – A HUBweek Event

Tue., Oct. 9, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Harvard Innovation Lab

This two hour exploration on the unintended impacts of technology on society will feature a keynote address by Ash Carter, former US Secretary of Defense and now the Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Secretary Carter will be followed by a panel discussion of business, government, and academic leaders on how we can work together to ensure the next generation of technologies serve overall human good. Confirmed panelists include David Eaves, Lecturer at HKS and Director of Digital HKS, and Chris Lynch, Founding Director of the Defense Digital Service at the U.S. Department of Defense, Steve Strassmann, Senior Architect at Kyruus and former Chief Technology Officer of Massachusetts, and Laura Manley, Director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard's Belfer Center.

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Special Series - Open to the Public

The Fierce Urgency of Now Speaker Series: Secretary Ash Carter - Human Rights and International Security - Some Perspectives from the Pentagon

Wed., Apr. 18, 2018 | 1:00pm - 2:15pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

In the fifteenth talk of the series, Secretary Ash Carter, Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs, will give a talk titled: Human Rights and International Security - Some Perspectives from the Pentagon.

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters ride atop of military vehicles as they celebrate victory in Raqqa, Syria.

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JFK Jr Forum - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Defeating ISIS: Inside the Campaign Against a Brutal Enemy

Thu., Oct. 26, 2017 | 6:00pm

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

A conversation with Ash Carter, Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; United States Secretary of Defense (2015-2017). Moderated by David Gergen, Public Service Professor of Public Leadership & Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

Co-Sponsors: Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Center for Public Leadership, and the Institute of Politics

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Seminar - Open to the Public

My Decision to Open Up All Military Positions to Women

Fri., Oct. 6, 2017 | 10:00am - 11:10am

Join us for the second installment of the HKS Gender and Security Seminar Series. We will hear from Belfer Center Director and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter about his decision to open up all military positions to women. Light breakfast to be served.