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Kara Swisher makes a point during a JFK Jr. Forum with Ash Carter.

Martha Stewart

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Ash Carter and Kara Swisher Discuss Pressing Tech Challenges

| Apr. 24, 2019

In a JFK Jr. Forum conversation with Belfer Center Director Ash Carter on tech issues, Recode Editor-at-Large Kara Swisher underscored the need to consider possible negative as well as positive impacts when technologies are first being developed. Using social media as an example, Swisher said at Tuesday’s forum it is deeply problematic that we have allowed private tech companies to become society’s public square, and now rely on these platforms for everything from general discourse to news. 

Hosted by the Belfer Center, Swisher participated in a number of events at Harvard Kennedy School on Tuesday, April 23.

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News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Does Venture Capital Have a Public Purpose Responsibility for Tech Startups?

Feb. 19, 2019

On February 19, the Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) convened the second session of the spring semester for the Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group. This monthly meeting convenes faculty from across Harvard and MIT in disciplines of engineering, business, law, government, computer science, biology, and medicine to explore the intersections of technological innovation and risks and benefits to society. This month, the group discussed the topic “Do Venture Capitalists have a Public Purpose Responsibility for Emerging Technology?” 

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Responsible AI: A Guide to the Future

| Jan. 24, 2019

The Technology and Public Purpose Project held 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.

Ash Carter and Graham Allison at the JFK Jr. Forum.

Martha Stewart

Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to Lead New Technology and Global Affairs Effort at Harvard Kennedy School

| Mar. 28, 2017

Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.