6 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.

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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. 

    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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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    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

    In this Oct. 9, 2018 photo, Zhou Xiaoqin, left, loads Cas9 protein and PCSK9 sgRNA molecules into a fine glass pipette as Qin Jinzhou watches at a laboratory in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province.

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Altering the Human Genome: What Do China’s Gene Edited Babies Mean for Humanity?

    Tue., Dec. 11, 2018 | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

    Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

    The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project will host a lunch panel discussion on recent developments concerning CRISPR technology and genetic embryo editing, from 12:00-1:30pm in Bell Hall (B-500). 

    Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP here.

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    Technology Innovation & Public Purpose – A HUBweek Event

    Tue., Oct. 9, 2018 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Harvard Innovation Lab

    This two hour exploration on the unintended impacts of technology on society will feature a keynote address by Ash Carter, former US Secretary of Defense and now the Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Secretary Carter will be followed by a panel discussion of business, government, and academic leaders on how we can work together to ensure the next generation of technologies serve overall human good. Confirmed panelists include David Eaves, Lecturer at HKS and Director of Digital HKS, and Chris Lynch, Founding Director of the Defense Digital Service at the U.S. Department of Defense, Steve Strassmann, Senior Architect at Kyruus and former Chief Technology Officer of Massachusetts, and Laura Manley, Director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard's Belfer Center.