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Kara Swisher makes a point during a JFK Jr. Forum with Ash Carter.

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

Ash Carter and Kara Swisher Discuss Pressing Tech Challenges

| Apr. 24, 2019

In a JFK Jr. Forum conversation with Belfer Center Director Ash Carter on tech issues, Recode Editor-at-Large Kara Swisher underscored the need to consider possible negative as well as positive impacts when technologies are first being developed. Using social media as an example, Swisher said at Tuesday’s forum it is deeply problematic that we have allowed private tech companies to become society’s public square, and now rely on these platforms for everything from general discourse to news. 

Hosted by the Belfer Center, Swisher participated in a number of events at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday, April 23.

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

Responsible AI: A Guide to the Future

| Jan. 24, 2019

The Technology and Public Purpose Project held 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.

AP file photo of Harold Brown greeting Margaret Thatcher.

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

Ash Carter: Remembering Harold Brown

| Jan. 05, 2019

Belfer Center Director Ash Carter fondly remembers former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown who died January 4 at the age of 91. Harold Brown, Carter writes, "represented rigor and truth in the grave matter of protecting America, civility and decency in conduct, and adherence to long-standing bipartisan security commitments around the world. These commitments have characterized the department to this day, which gives me great faith in the future." 

Belfer Center Director Ash Carter, right, speaks with The Asia Group's Richard Verma, left, a former U.S. ambassador to India, and Kurt M. Campbell, center, a Belfer Center Senior Fellow and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and the Pacific, for The Tea Leaves podcast. (Credit: The Asia Group)

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Ash Carter Discusses China, India, and Strategy on The Asia Group's "Tea Leaves" Podcast

| Apr. 16, 2018

Belfer Center Director Ash Carter joined Kurt M. Campbell and Richard Verma of The Asia Group on "The Tea Leaves" podcast to discuss his tenure at the Pentagon, the dynamism of the Indo-Pacific, and the challenges the United States faces in the region. Carter drew on his 35-year career working on defense and technology to hone in on critical issues, including the rise of China, strategy and policymaking, and partnering with India.

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Press Release - Dutton

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to Write Inside Account of America's Defense

| April 2018

Renowned statesman, technologist, and manager Ash Carter has helped to shape and lead America’s defense for 35 years. Today, Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced that the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense will share his story of fighting – and winning – some of America’s most consequential battles in a new retrospective, Inside the Five-Sided Box: How America’s Defense Works – And What to Do When It Doesn’t.

Defending Digital Democracy “Hackathon” finalists with Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter​​​​​​​

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National Student Hackathon Showcases Innovative Proposals to Thwart Cyberattacks and Information Operations

| March 30, 2018

“Honey bots” that counter malicious bots. An app called Sanity Check. Cyber Security Bonds. And technology that breaks the grip of online echo chambers. Those are just some of the ideas that college students from around the country presented Thursday in Cambridge as part of the Defending Digital Democracy Project’s first-ever Information Operations Technical and Policy Hack-a-thon.

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

D3P Information Operations Technical and Policy Hackathon

The Defending Digital Democracy Project wants your help in solving one of the biggest problems facing democracy and our society—information operations intended to influence domestic opinion, inflame divisions, or undermine trust in institutions. There has been a lot of discussion in the media, academia, and policy circles about the dangers of information operations—like spreading information through fake social media personas to further social divisions and influence public behavior. But we need more than talk to stop this—we need action. That is what this contest is all about.