20 Events

What can be done to mitigate the risks of deepfakes?

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

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Deepfakes

Tue., Oct. 13, 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 second session of the fall semester on the topic of deepfakes. The session will examine the types of deepfakes, how they have been used, and what is being done to combat unethical use of the technology. 

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?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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.

What should American policymakers do to address security concerns about Chinese technology companies?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Chinese Technology Companies and China’s Influence on Academia: Protecting America’s National Security

Tue., Apr. 28, 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 second session of the spring semester on the topic of Chinese technology companies and state funding of American academic institutions, and their effects on American national security. The session will examine the issues around the relationships between the Chinese Communist Party and the country’s private sector; China’s influence and actions on American academic institutions; how these efforts may negatively affect America’s national security; and what should be done to mitigate national security risks.

Striking an appropriate balance between the societal value stemming from the use of data with individual privacy and security is of paramount concern

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Differential Privacy

Tue., Apr. 21, 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 first session of the spring semester on the topic of differential privacy. The session will examine data privacy issues, current applications of differential privacy tools, capabilities, limitations, and more.

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.

How commercially viable are asteroid mining and in-space manufacturing likely to be?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Asteroid Mining and In-Space Manufacturing

Tue., Oct. 8, 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 second session of the fall semester on the topic of asteroid mining and in-space manufacturing. This session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the two technologies.

How can facial recognition and emotion artificial intelligence technologies be managed to protect the public good?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Facial Recognition and Emotion Artificial Intelligence

Tue., Sep. 17, 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 first session of the fall semester on the topic of facial recognition and emotion artificial intelligence. This session will examine current applications, capabilities, limitations, and ongoing debates regarding acceptable use, regulation, and governance of the technologies.

Can lessons about creating norms for emerging technologies be drawn from past global norms and agreements?

Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

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

Boston Tech Hub Faculty Working Group: Where, If Anywhere, Can Effective International Norms be Developed for Emerging Technologies?

Tue., Apr. 23, 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 fourth session of the spring semester. This session will explore current efforts to establish norms for emerging technologies, and how these efforts might be informed by previously established global norms in human rights, arms control, and biotechnology.