22 Events

Woodrow Rosenbaum, Chief Data Officer for GivingTuesday

Woodrow Rosenbaum Chief Data Officer, GivingTuesday

Seminar - Open to the Public

Predicting and Optimizing Informal Aid Networks in Times of Conflict and Crisis

Wed., Feb. 1, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

Chief Data Officer for GivingTuesday, Woodrow Rosenbaum, will dive into how the organization seeks to leverage recent experiences and innovations in data engineering and machine learning to better our understanding of how aid is deployed during crisis (and what can be done to improve this process). The session will further explore how this knowledge can be operationalized and digitized into a useful format for other actors in the sector.

RSVP is required. Light refreshments will be served following the event from 3:00pm-3:30pm.

Convening - Open to the Public

UNREAL: Disinformation, Technology Policy, and the Future of Governance

Thu., Apr. 14, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm


This webinar, hosted by TAPP fellow Leisel Bogan, will focus on Congress has responded to emerging technologies, artificial intelligence, mis and disinformation, technology-enabled fraudulent information, and the question of whether current approaches to policy, governance structures, and new policy proposals are adequate for preserving democratic institutions in the modern era.

Convening - Open to the Public

Current and Future Threats of the Digital Divide

Thu., Apr. 14, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Digital inequities reinforce income inequality, making the benefits of technology remote for millions of Americans. This session will showcase the lesser-known impact that the digital divide has on individuals and the aggregate cost nationwide when millions of Americans are locked out of a digital economy.

Join TAPP Fellow Francella Ochillo for a conversation about how current and future digital inequities shape the way in which Americans work, live, and experience one another. The presentation will also feature insights from Harvard Kennedy School's Professor Jason Furman, Tufts University's Fletcher School Dean Bhaskar Chakravorti, former Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, and other thought leaders in the broadband landscape.

Convening - Open to the Public

Data Sharing and Platform Urbanism: Contested Digital Sovereignty in the Emergent ‘Smart City’

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm


Does data about the city belong to the city? Who should have the right to civic data generated by private digital technologies and services deployed in urban space? This emergent thorny issue of data sharing and power in the “smart city” is taking new form as local officials develop and enact regulations mandating access to the digital information urban platforms capture.

Join TAPP fellow Stephen Larrick and a group of experts as they explore the implications and discuss best practices for practitioners—and how to hold them accountable as they navigate sometimes competing interests of tech oversight, user privacy, and community needs.

Convening - Open to the Public

Recommendations and Democracy: A Way Forward

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:15pm


The recommendation systems for platforms like Facebook and YouTube determine what kinds of behavior get attention—attention which can be converted to money and power.  The way such systems are currently designed rewards the people who seek to divide us—which impacts the kinds of politicians and content creators who are most likely to succeed.

This presentation and discussion, hosted by TAPP fellow Aviv Ovadya, will explore an alternative: bridging-based ranking—recommendation systems that bridge divides and platform democracy—a governance approach which may help overcome blockers to platform evolution.

Convening - Open to the Public

Bending the Arc: Operationalizing Tech and Public Purpose in 2022

Wed., Apr. 13, 2022 | 10:00am - 11:00am


In this session, Belfer Center Director, 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense, and TAPP Faculty Director Ash Carter will lead a discussion with our 2021-2022 TAPP Fellows to look at the role technology played this year in a few key priority areas: crisis management, consumer safety, inclusion and equity, national competitiveness, and the information ecosystem. The session will also dive into ways we can improve the development and management of technology to better elevate concepts of public purpose, touching on the specific projects of each fellow.  

Convening - Open to the Public

Lab to Impact: Scientists and Entrepreneurs Building Deep Tech Ventures

Tue., Apr. 12, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Where does innovation come from? How can R&D discoveries can be translated into new ventures? This fireside chat hosted by TAPP fellow Livio Valenti will discuss the journey of a scientist and an entrepreneur in bringing new scientific breakthrough from the lab to those who need it the most. 

Convening - Open to the Public

Design From the Margins: Centering the Decentered

Tue., Apr. 12, 2022 | 11:00am - 12:15pm


There is a far reaching demand to design technology for marginalized people. We need to take this idea out of abstraction and show that it can work for everyday communication technologies in the same way that it has worked in countless other contexts.  In many industries there are successful examples of design patterns that focus on the “extremes”, “outliers” and “edge cases” (which is what marginalized people are often seen as in design) as a fundamental core - this should be applied to communication technologies. With experts from technology and human rights fields,  including company representatives from Grindr and WhatsApp, TAPP fellow Afsaneh Rigot will discuss her new research documenting the impact of tech on LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa and a new design methodology – Design From the Margins — that looks to provide established ways to center and mitigate harms faced by at-risk and marginalized people from the weaponization of tech.

Conference - Open to the Public

Perspectives on Public Purpose: Virtual Conference 2022

Tue., Apr. 12, 2022 - Thu., Apr. 14, 2022


The Perspectives on Public Purpose Week hosted by the Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose Project (TAPP) is a showcase of the TAPP fellowship cohort’s research projects. TAPP Fellows are government, industry, and civil society practitioners that conduct field-based research on issues relating to technology and public purpose over the course of one academic year.

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Crises and Congress: Technology and the Future of Governance

Thu., Feb. 24, 2022 - Thu., Mar. 10, 2022

Wexner Building - Room 102, Marc Heng and Family Conference Room

The Technology and Public Purpose Project will host a study group on "Crises and Congress: Technology, Fakes, and the Future of Governance." Organized by TAPP fellow Leisel Bogan, this study group explores three recent crises in governance and how Congress has responded to each crisis. The sessions will address the Section 230 debates, proposed legislation designed to address fake information and internet harms, legislative and executive modernization issues and efforts in the midst of the pandemic, and how technology is (or isn’t) used to solve foreign policy challenges.

The study group will meet every Thursday from February 24th to March 10th at 5:30pm in Wexner 102.

The format will be hybrid. For limited in-person attendance, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/LnohcoABbDW2D2EP6. For virtual access, a link will be sent prior to each session. 

Once selected to join the study group, attendees will receive a course syllabus.