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Farewell to our Inaugural Cohort of TAPP Fellows 

This past year, our inaugural class of Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) fellows worked on developing solutions to the public dilemmas of emerging technology. Their research ranged from government technical capacity to autonomous vehicles. View their final outputs »

This coming September, TAPP will welcome its second cohort of fellows comprised of leading practitioners. Meet our incoming 2021-22 class »

Applications for the 2022-23 fellowship cycle will be opening on October 1, 2021. Check here for more details and eligibility requirements. More information »

The Technology and Public Purpose Fellows and Program Director. From left to right: Devin Gladden, Flavia Chen, Jake Taylor, Rebecca Williams, Ash Carter, Clare Bayley, Liz Sisson. (Not pictured: Mark Lerner)
The Technology and Public Purpose Fellows and Program Director.
From left to right: Devin Gladden, Flavia Chen, Jake Taylor, Rebecca Williams, Ash Carter, Clare Bayley, Liz Sisson. (Not pictured: Mark Lerner)

2021 Tech Spotlight Recognizes 17 Projects and Initiatives 

On May 20, Tech Spotlight recognized projects and initiatives from around the world that demonstrated a commitment to public purpose. Headliners for the event included: Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, Associate Professor, Department of Information Studies, UCLA; Gideon Lichfield, Global Editorial Director, WIRED; and Ash Carter, Belfer Center Director and TAPP Faculty Director.  Learn more about the recognized projects and initiatives »

Tech Spotlight Panelists and Keynote Presenters. From left to right, top row: Gideon Lichfield, Payel Das, Alissa Starzak. Middle row: Chad Marlow, Kasia Chmielinksi, Laura Manley. Bottom row: Ash Carter, Michael Dawes, Safiya Noble
Tech Spotlight Panelists and Keynote Presenters.
From left to right, top row: Gideon Lichfield, Payel Das, Alissa Starzak. Middle row: Chad Marlow, Kasia Chmielinksi, Laura Manley. Bottom row: Ash Carter, Michael Dawes, Safiya Noble 

New Report: Building a 21st Century Congress: A Playbook for Modern Technology Assessment 

The next generation of technologies will be transformative. How those technologies – from artificial intelligence to synthetic biology tools – are developed, distributed, and managed will affect how societies reap their benefits and mitigate their costs. This new report urges the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration to deeply consider the social impacts of emerging technologies. Read the full report »

TAPP’s Newest Team Member: Ariel Higuchi

Ariel Higuchi joins the TAPP Project as a Research Assistant to Ash Carter. Before joining TAPP, Ariel was a Congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., where she worked on Science, Space, and Technology policy issues. Join us in welcoming Ariel to the TAPP community. Read Ariel’s bio »

Other News and Publications 

 

New Round of Tech Factsheets 

The Technology Factsheet Series offers a brief overview of the technical aspects of salient technologies and their public purpose relevance for policymakers and their staff. Our latest published briefs include: Differential Privacy, Battery Technology, and Vaccine Platforms. Read the series of Factsheets »

Welcoming Our New (and Returning) Non-Resident Fellows 

In addition to our current non-resident fellows, we welcome two new fellows: Karen Hao, Senior AI editor, MIT Tech Review, and Afua Bruce, Chief Program Officer, DataKind. These two leaders will join our current non-resident fellows. Read more about our non-resident fellows »

TAPP Non-Resident Fellows. From left to right, top row: Lisa Gelobter, DJ Patil, Nick Sinai, Gretchen Greene, Emily Tavoulareas. Bottom row: Chris Lynch, Afua Bruce, Karen Hao, Dana Chisnell
TAPP Non-Resident Fellows.
From left to right, top row: Lisa Gelobter, DJ Patil, Nick Sinai, Gretchen Greene, Emily Tavoulareas. Bottom row: Chris Lynch, Afua Bruce, Karen Hao, Dana Chisnell

The TAPP Project Celebrates Black History Month 

In honor of Black History month, the TAPP Project hosted a virtual screening of the film “Coded Bias,” followed by a conversation with the filmmaker Shalini Kantayya. “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. Watch the event recording »

“Coded Bias” Panel. Clockwise from top left: Karen Ejiofor, Amritha Jayanti, Shalini Kantayya
“Coded Bias” Panel.
Clockwise from top left: Karen Ejiofor, Amritha Jayanti, Shalini Kantayya

The Technology and Public Purpose (TAPP) Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs works to ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that protect the public good.  

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