Belfer Center’s Technology and Public Purpose Project Spotlights Outstanding Technologies for Public Good

Technology is such an integral part of our lives that we generally assume new technologies will make our lives better. But recent events have underscored technology’s potential for destructive impacts as well – from social media’s facilitation of election disinformation to racial bias inadvertently built into the use of facial recognition technologies.  

To help ensure that emerging technologies are developed and managed in ways that serve the overall public good, Ash Carter, Director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center and former Defense Secretary, developed the Technology and Public Policy (TAPP) Project in 2018. To emphasize the need for increased technological responsibility, Carter’s team launched the Tech Spotlight in 2019 to identify and recognize technologies that exemplify innovation centered on public purpose. 

Ethical OS was recognized as a Tech Spotlight runner-up. Read more, here.