12 Events

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Tech Spotlight

Thu., May 20, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


The Tech Spotlight recognizes projects and initiatives that demonstrate a commitment to public purpose in the areas of digital, biotech, and future of work. 

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Every Sector's Role in Protecting and Promoting Democracy with Technology

Wed., Apr. 21, 2021 | 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Join TAPP Project Fellow, Rebecca Williams, in conversation with Taiwan's Digital Minister, Audrey Tang, to discuss the unique opportunities and responsibilities the public, private, and social sectors have in ensuring that technology is used to protect and promote democracy.

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Coded Bias: A Conversation with Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya

Wed., Feb. 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

In honor of Black History Month, join the Technology and Public Purpose Project for a virtual screening of the film, Coded Bias. The TAPP will host filmmaker Shalini Kantayya for a conversation moderated by Karen Ejiofor and Amritha Jayanti on Wednesday, February 17th at 12pmET.  

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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. 

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    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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    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. 

    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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    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