Events at the IOP

  1. Future of Tech Commission Town Hall: A Public Discussion on Creating Safe, Healthy Online Spaces for All Americans

    Tuesday May 18 - 12:00pm

    Register here.

    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has reminded American families of the enormous possibilities and advantages of technology today and in the future. Please join us for this public town hall, led by the Future of Tech Commission, to generate input and feedback on the most urgent tech policy issues facing our economy and democracy.

    In this town hall sponsored by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG), and co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and the Institute of Politics, we’ll be discussing how to protect the safety and health of Americans on online platforms, and how to foster a trustworthy and authentic public square of information that protects the health and safety of our families and kids. Hosted by John Haigh, M-RCBG Co-Director, the event will feature robust opportunities for audience engagement and comment, following brief remarks from:

    •Former Gov. Deval Patrick, Future of Tech Co-commissioner
    •Governor Charlie Baker (R-MA)
    •Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA)
    •Jonathan Zittrain, American Professor of Internet Law, Harvard Law School and Co-Founder, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
    •Joan Donovan, Research Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy and Leader of the Technology and Social Change Project
    •Deb Roy, Executive Director MIT Media Labs: Co-founder and Chair of Cortico

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  2. SUSTAINING YOUTH POWER: Spring 2021 National Campaign Conference for Civic and Political Engagement

    Friday May 21 - 12:00am

    The Spring 2021 National Campaign Conference for Civic and Political Engagement hosted by the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Harvard Kennedy School registration is now open. Click here for more information and to register.

    Each year, the National Campaign Committee welcomes students, faculty and administrators from more than 35 colleges and universities across the country to Harvard for the Institute of Politics's National Campaign for Political and Civic Engagement. Over the course of the weekend, we celebrate young leaders, facilitate discussions, panels, and town halls about a variety of pertinent political issues, and train students to increase civic engagement back on their campuses and in their communities. Our last conference focused on breaking down barriers to democracy in our communities and on our campuses leading up to the Presidential election in 2020.