8 Events

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Associated Press

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

Online

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. 

    What should the federal government do to increase its internal scientific and technical expertise, in order to address some of the nation’s most pressing issues?

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    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Increasing STEM Expertise in Government

    Tue., May 26, 2020 | 8:00am - 9:30am

    Online

    The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its third and final session of the spring semester on the topic of increasing STEM expertise in the federal government. The session will examine the problem with insufficient scientific and technological expertise in the American federal legislative and executive branches, the types of expertise each body needs to be effective, and potential solutions to mitigate the problem.

    If life extension technologies are effective, do governments have a responsibility to make sure they are broadly accessible?

    Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Life Extension Technologies

    Tue., Jan. 28, 2020 | 8:00am - 9:30am

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its fourth and final session of the fall semester on the topic of life extension technologies. The session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the technology.

    Who should decide where, whether, and how to deploy gene drives?

    Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

    Special Series - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Gene Drives

    Tue., Nov. 19, 2019 | 8:00am - 9:30am

    Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

    The Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group, hosted by former Secretary of Defense and Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center Director Ash Carter and Harvard SEAS Dean Frank Doyle, will convene its third session of the fall semester on the topic of gene drives. The session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the technology.

    Information Session - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

    Tech Happy Hour

    Wed., Sep. 25, 2019 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Join the tech projects and programs at the Belfer Center on Wednesday, September 25th from 4:30-6:30pm at Beat Brew Hall for informal networking and the opportunity to learn more about our work and how you can get involved!

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    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.