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Information Session - Harvard Students

Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project: Student Open House

Thu., Sep. 23, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Led by Belfer Center Director and former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the TAPP Project works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good.  

Join the TAPP team on Thursday, September 23rd at Felipe's Taqueria from 5 - 7pm to learn more about the project, including student research opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Drinks and snacks provided.

Seminar - Open to the Public

Tech Spotlight 2021

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. 

Special Series - Open to the Public

Whose Streets? Our Streets! (Tech Edition)

Fri., Apr. 30, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm


The term "smart city" surfaced more than 20 years ago as an umbrella term to describe a large and varied set of emerging technologies pitched to help cities operate more efficiently. Since then, this group of technologies has come to include location tracking, facial recognition technology, and many other privacy-invasive data collections. Should we be worried? As part of the "Perspectives of Public Purpose Week", in this video seminar, TAPP Fellow, Rebecca Williams, in conversation with public advocates, describes the risks at play and what we can do to prevent them.

Special Series - Open to the Public

Closing the Government Tech Talent Gap

Thu., Apr. 29, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


As part of the "Perspectives of Public Purpose Week", this panel will focus on how the U.S. federal government should tackle key technology problems through significant growth of the technical government workforce. We will hear from current and former government leaders in Technology and Human Capital, and discuss the challenges and opportunities the new administration has in hiring, retaining, and leveraging technologists in government agencies. We will explore why agency leadership should prioritize in-house tech human capital, unpack the resources they have available to do so, and re-imagine the outcomes of Government IT should they be able to accomplish this.

Special Series - Open to the Public

Sex on the Internet

Thu., Apr. 29, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Sex is a universal human interest. Even if you’re not personally involved it still impacts your life in many ways. Accurate information and a variety of positive examples are essential for a healthy society, and the internet is an excellent distribution method. Some of the sexual content online is undeniably bad, but how do we make sure the good stuff is protected?

Special Series - Open to the Public

Designing Trustworthy Data Systems for 21st Century Public Health

Wed., Apr. 28, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Trustworthy public health action depends on trusted data. On January 22, 2021 President Biden issued an executive order calling for the modernization of public health data infrastructures. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to global attention not only key challenges facing the public sector in the generation of timely and accurate data, but also the need to grapple with the governance of data collected or leveraged for public health. Whose data count? How do the increasingly blurred distinctions between research, clinical care, and public health practice support or challenge data-sharing across sectors? This panel will draw on the groundbreaking work of four practitioners to imagine what the design of trustworthy data systems for 21st century public health should entail.

Special Series - Open to the Public

Public & Business Risks: Planning for Public Purpose in Venture Capital

Wed., Apr. 28, 2021 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Join Technology and Public Purpose fellow Liz Sisson for an overview and discussion of her research on evaluating early-stage startups for business and public risks related to the environment, economic inequality, labor, privacy and more. She will also demonstrate her team’s Public Purpose Indicator tool, built for venture capital groups and startups to be used in diligence.

Special Series - Open to the Public

Transportation Tech Trends: 3 Perspectives on the Future Direction of Mobility

Tue., Apr. 27, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm


New technologies are having a profound impact on roads, bridges, and highways across the country. To ensure safety remains paramount during this transformational time, the benefits and consequences of these technologies need to be managed to ensure all road users share the roads responsibly. This conversation will feature 3 fellows working at the intersection of technology and transportation policy as they share their experiences and knowledge on current trends in the sector that will change the ways Americans move themselves and goods through 2030.

*This event will now be pre-recorded. 

Special Series - Open to the Public

The Tools of the Trade: Enabling Public Purpose in Science and Technology Policy

Mon., Apr. 26, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:15pm


In this fireside chat, TAPP Fellow Jake Taylor will host members of the science and technology policy community to discuss their perspectives on the tools that matter most in enabling effective outcomes. The focus will be on challenges and opportunities unique to emerging technologies.

Bob Workman, a board of directors member at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1018

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Special Series - Open to the Public

A Year Like No Other: Technology and Public Purpose in 2020

Mon., Apr. 26, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm

The past year was unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, and Capitol riots were all extraordinary events--ones that forced us to confront long standing issues of race, equity, accessibility, democracy, and more. We also confronted the role of technology in both helping and harming public causes. 

These past 12 months serve as a case study for technology and public purpose, forcing us to examine the immense benefits and critical harms of technologies in our daily lives. As the kickoff to the Perspectives of Public Purpose Week, Belfer Center and TAPP Faculty Director and the 25th U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will moderate a discussion with our inaugural cohort of TAPP fellows on how tech has both helped and hindered progress in 2020, and what lessons we’ve learned moving forward.