64 Events

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

A Better Public Conversation: Inventing a new future for social media

Wed., Dec. 7, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

Social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook have become flashpoints for what ails democracy. But what if the technologies that power public discourse could serve society’s best interests instead of undermining them? Join William Powers, CEO of Public Mind, best-selling author, and former Washington Post columnist, in conversation with Bina Venkataraman, editor-at-large for The Boston Globe and fellow in the Technology and Public Purpose Program at Belfer, for an in-person discussion on inventing a new future for social media.

RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be served. 

    Perspective on Web3

    Image created by Liz Hoveland

    Special Series - Open to the Public

    Perspectives on Web3: Building, Investing, and Policymaking

    Thu., Oct. 20, 2022 - Thu., Dec. 1, 2022


    The Perspectives of Web3 virtual series led by the Technology and Public Purpose Project convenes a multidisciplinary group of speakers to address the emergence of opportunities and challenges in web3.

    Registration is currently open for the third and final session in the series, Policymaking in Web3, happening on December 1st from 4:00-5:00PM ET. 

    Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of The CHIPS and Science Act

    Thu., Oct. 6, 2022 - Thu., Nov. 10, 2022


    Join Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project for a timely study group: "Policy for the Endless Frontier: Origins and Ambitions of The CHIPS and Science Act." 

    This six-session series, conducted by Doug Calidas, Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, will explore the origins of The CHIPS and Science Act, focusing on the competing policy priorities its authors sought to advance. It will also dive into long-term impact of the law and a discussion of possible actions that future congresses may consider taking to advance American leadership in high-tech manufacturing and scientific research.

    The study group will meet every Thursday from 5:00 - 6:00pm ET from October 6 - November 10, 2022. The first session will be conducted in person, with following sessions conducted remotely. More details to be confirmed with registered participants.

    Registration is required to attend the study group; see details below. You must be a Harvard affiliate to attend.

    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+. 

    Plants in Pot

    Markus Spiske

    Conference - Open to the Public

    Innovation, Investment and Policy in Regenerative Agriculture

    Fri., May 20, 2022 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm


    Join the Technology and Public Purpose Project and the Environment and Natural Resources Program as they host a virtual conference on "Innovation, Investment and Policy in Regenerative Agriculture." Dr. Ashlie Burkart, Chief Scientific Officer at Germin8 Ventures and Non-Resident Fellow, Technology and Public Purpose Project, will lead sessions with practitioners, private, civil and policy to discuss goals, policies and opportunities for more rapid adoption of soil health/carbon farming (“regenerative agriculture”) practices.

    Sessions Include: 

    • Why Adopt Regenerative Agriculture?
    • Adoption of Soil Health and Carbon Farming
    • Policy and Investment in Regenerative Agriculture

    Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. For those who cannot attend live, the seminar will be recorded and available to watch on this page.

    Accessibility: Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact Karen Ejiofor (karen_ejiofor@hks.harvard.edu) in advance of the session.

    Registration: Please RSVP at the link below. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Philanthropists, and Technologists Can Build an Equitable World

    Wed., May 18, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:15pm


    Technology is shaped by many hands along the way: those who are part of technology development process, those who fund projects and companies, and those who decide how to put technology to use; and that technology then shapes a range of outcomes for society. To ensure those outcomes truly benefit the public, we must—all of us—shift our relationship to technology —how we build it, fund it, and use it.

    Join the Technology and Public Purpose Project and the Berkman Klein Center as they host Afua Bruce on her latest book release, The Tech That Comes Next.

    Convening - Open to the Public

    UNREAL: Disinformation, Technology Policy, and the Future of Governance

    Thu., Apr. 14, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


    This webinar, hosted by TAPP fellow Leisel Bogan, will focus on Congress has responded to emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, mis and disinformation, technology-enabled fraudulent information, and the question of whether current approaches to policy, governance structures, and new policy proposals are adequate for preserving democratic institutions in the modern era.

    Convening - Open to the Public

    Current and Future Threats of the Digital Divide

    Thu., Apr. 14, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


    Digital inequities reinforce income inequality, making the benefits of technology remote for millions of Americans. This session will showcase the lesser-known impact that the digital divide has on individuals and the aggregate cost nationwide when millions of Americans are locked out of a digital economy.

    Join TAPP Fellow Francella Ochillo for a conversation about how current and future digital inequities shape the way in which Americans work, live, and experience one another. The presentation will also feature insights from Harvard Kennedy School's Professor Jason Furman, Tufts University's Fletcher School Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti, former Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and other thought leaders in the broadband landscape.

    Convening - Open to the Public

    Data Sharing and Platform Urbanism: Contested Digital Sovereignty in the Emergent ‘Smart City’

    Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm


    Does data about the city belong to the city? Who should have the right to civic data generated by private digital technologies and services deployed in urban space? This emergent thorny issue of data sharing and power in the “smart city” is taking new form as local officials develop and enact regulations mandating access to the digital information urban platforms capture.

    Join TAPP fellow Stephen Larrick and a group of experts as they explore the implications and discuss best practices for practitioners—and how to hold them accountable as they navigate sometimes competing interests of tech oversight, user privacy, and community needs.

    Convening - Open to the Public

    Recommendations and Democracy: A Way Forward

    Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm


    The recommendation systems for platforms like Facebook and YouTube determine what kinds of behavior get attention—attention which can be converted to money and power.  The way such systems are currently designed rewards the people who seek to divide us—which impacts the kinds of politicians and content creators who are most likely to succeed.

    This presentation and discussion, hosted by TAPP fellow Aviv Ovadya, will explore an alternative: bridging-based ranking—recommendation systems that bridge divides and platform democracy—a governance approach which may help overcome blockers to platform evolution.