26 Events

Seminar - Open to the Public

Coded Bias: A Conversation with Filmmaker Shalini Kantayya

Wed., Feb. 17, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Online

Coded Bias explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that impact us all.

In honor of Black History Month, join the Technology and Public Purpose Project for a virtual screening of the film, Coded Bias. The TAPP will host filmmaker Shalini Kantayya for a conversation moderated by Karen Ejiofor and Amritha Jayanti on Wednesday, February 17th at 12pmET.  

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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. 

    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Inside the Machine: Presidential Campaign Technology Through the Years

    Wed., Dec. 2, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    Join Jacky Chang, CTO of the Biden/Harris campaign, and Clare Bayley, Technology and Public Purpose Fellow and former Director of Product for the US Digital Service, in conversation about the technology behind the campaign on Wednesday, December 2nd at 1pmEST.

    Attendance: This event is open to the public and hosted on Zoom. 

    Registration: Please RSVP at the link below. Registration will remain open until the event begins.

    What can be done to mitigate the risks of deepfakes?

    Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

    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. 

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    Seminar - Open to the Public

    Belfer Policy Chat | An Ethical Approach to AI & Governance

    Tue., Aug. 4, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Online

    Gretchen Greene, Technology and Public Purpose Project research fellow, and Hong Qu, the Research Director on the Council on the Responsible Use of Artificial Intelligence, will discuss their research on AI and governance from challenging the use of facial recognition, to mitigating consequences from biased training data sets, to working with local officials to ensure that the use of AI technology in public policy does not perpetuate historical inequities.

    Registration is required. Please click here to register for this event. 

    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.