3 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

An Epidemic of Gay Hate Crime, a Police Cover-up, and a Public Reckoning

Thu., Apr. 18, 2024 | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Littauer Building - Fainsod Room, 324

Steve Johnson is an HSP fellow and a leader in Internet technology and governance. However, he has another passion that touches on homeland security issues of police protection, equity, and misconduct. His gay brother, Scott Johnson, was killed in Sydney, Australia in 1988. The police declared it a suicide. After a 30-year struggle to prompt a police investigation, a third inquest declared Scott’s death a gay hate homicide. Then ensued the successful apprehension and conviction of Scott’s killer and a Parliamentary Commission looking into the police handling of 100 deaths of gay men, confirming an epidemic of gay hate crime the New South Wales police did too little about. In December 2023, The Commission of Inquiry published its recommendations, a strong indictment of the police’s resistance to investigate hate crimes, and an outline for reform. This will be a unique discussion about how Steve turned his personal tragedy into policy change in safety and security. 

This event is open to all Harvard students, fellows, faculty, and staff. Refreshments will be served. 

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Regulating the Internet Superpowers: A Conversation with Steve Johnson

Thu., Feb. 23, 2023 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

The Internet equips users (including advertisers) with veritable superpowers—the power to shape shift (change identities), teleport (intercept other users wherever they are), and mind read (exploit data about others’ preferences)—that threaten the civilization of the Web. These powers disrupt our usual human defenses against misinformation, manipulation, unwanted targeting, trespass (hacking), or untrusted speech. Homeland Security Project Fellow Steve Johnson recommends a framework for Internet regulation that bridles these superpowers so that cyber citizens can self-govern on the Internet as effectively as they do in the terrestrial world.

Paper: https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/internet-superpowers

This event is open to all Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students. RSVP requested below.


Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Do We Need a U.S. Department of Internet Safety?

Thu., Apr. 7, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

On Thursday, April 7th, The Belfer Center’s Homeland Security Project will host Steve Johnson, Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Project, as part of its spring seminar series. The event will consist of a seminar involving Johnson hosted by Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security and Faculty Director of the Homeland Security Project.