13 Events

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Big Tech's Impact on Public Purpose: How Recent Decisions Will Shape Society

Tue., Jan. 19, 2021 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm


The recent decision by Big Tech to ban prominent politicians, including President Donald Trump, and enforce strict content moderation against hate speech, mis/disinformation, and violence is a new precedent that could prove consequential for the future of online speech—and for the future of democracy. 

Join Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project as it brings together leading experts to discuss the timeliness, constitutionality, and societal implications of Big Tech's latest demonstration of power. 

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Inside the Machine: Presidential Campaign Technology Through the Years

    Wed., Dec. 2, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


    Join Jacky Chang, CTO of the Biden/Harris campaign, and Clare Bayley, Technology and Public Purpose Fellow and former Director of Product for the US Digital Service, in conversation about the technology behind the campaign on Wednesday, December 2nd at 1pmEST.

    Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. 

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

    Information Session - Open to the Public

    Technology and Public Purpose Open House

    Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


    Come learn more about opportunities to get involved with the Technology and Public Purpose Project!

    Registration for this event is required. Please use this link to RSVP

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Belfer Policy Chat | An Ethical Approach to AI & Governance

    Tue., Aug. 4, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


    Gretchen Greene, Technology and Public Purpose Project research fellow, and Hong Qu, the Research Director on the Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence, will discuss their research on AI and governance from challenging the use of facial recognition, to mitigating consequences from biased training data sets, to working with local officials to ensure that the use of AI technology in public policy does not perpetuate historical inequities.

    Registration is required. Please click here to register for this event. 

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    Conference - Open to the Public

    Reimagining Investing in Frontier Technologies

    Wed., May 15, 2019 | 12:00pm - 5:00pm

    Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs’ Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) and Harvard Business School’s Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship are hosting an invite-only, one-day workshop to  convene investors (Limited Partners and General Partners) and entrepreneurs (CEOs) investing in and building emerging and disruptive technologies in areas including artificial intelligence, genome engineering, advanced computing technologies and more.

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    Conference - Open to the Public

    Privacy Policy + Design Workshop

    Mon., May 13, 2019 | 9:00am - 1:00pm

    The Harvard Kennedy School’s Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project and New America’s Public Interest Technology teams will host a workshop focused on data privacy and design. The purpose of this workshop is to educate and enrich each participant’s knowledge of the multifaceted complexities inherent in issues surrounding data privacy by bringing together a room full of experts from various disciplines, communities of practice, and backgrounds. 

    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.