Democratic Governance

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Ash Center Announces 2016-17 Technology and Democracy Fellows

August 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce its new cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows—technologists committed to improving the health of American Democracy. This year’s Fellows are especially passionate about building the capacity and new tools needed by civic activists, community organizers, local government officials, and journalists who are so critical to making democracy work.

Tiana Epps-Johnson

Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

June 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA --  Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States.

Ash Center Establishes Technology and Democracy Fellowship

February 22, 2016

Cambridge, MA— The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the establishment of the Technology and Democracy Fellowship.  Designed to build connections between the Kennedy School and the worlds of technology, policy, and government, the fellowship supports practitioners and students in developing their skills and understanding of major concepts related to technology and governance.

Ash Center Announces Winners of #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

October 9, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School focused on the intersection of government and technology, today announced the winners of its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge.  Over 350 people attended #Tech4Democracy, a HUBweek event, and voted for 28 different teams competing to take home a $5,000 People's Choice prize.

Harvard Ash Center Announces Call for Applications for #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge

August 13, 2015

Cambridge, MA -- As part of Hubweek, a collaboration between Harvard University, MIT, the Boston Globe, and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today, announced a call for applications for its #Tech4Democracy Showcase and Challenge to be held on Friday, October 9th at 5pm at the John F Kennedy Jr Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

Harvard Ash Center Announces Winners of #Hack4Congress SF

March 23, 2015

San Francisco, Ca.The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today announced the winners of #Hack4Congress SF, a competition to create common-sense solutions to make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The event, held over March 21 and 22 at Code for America in San Francisco, drew nearly 100 students, software developers, academics, and everyday Americans from across the country, leading to nine innovative proposals to tackle five major threats to the future of democracy in America.

Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

Harvard's Ash Center Announces 124 Bright Ideas in Government

February 18, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized today 124 innovative government programs as part of the 2015 Bright Ideas program. This year’s cohort includes programs from all levels of government – school districts; county, city, state, and federal agencies; as well as public-private partnerships

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

Ash Center and The OpenGov Foundation Announce Winners of #Hack4Congress

February 3, 2015

13 Teams Competed in “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Cambridge, Mass.  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and The OpenGov Foundation today announced the winners of last weekend’s #Hack4Congress competition to create common-sense solutions that would make the U.S. Congress more efficient, effective and accountable to citizens. The two-day event drew over 150 students, software developers, academics and everyday Americans

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

New Paper Explores Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary

February 1, 2015

Cambridge, Mass. – A Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Faculty Research Working Paper examining the politicization of the American judiciary finds that the higher the court, the more conservative and polarized it becomes. The paper’s authors, HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Maya Sen and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Bonica, employed an original set of data largely derived from campaign contributions

Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

Ash Center, OpenGov Foundation Launch #Hack4Congress, A “Not-Just-for-Technologists” Hackathon to Fix Congress

December 9, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School and the OpenGov Foundation today kicked off registration for its January 30-Feb 1, 2015 “not-just-for-technologists” hackathon – #Hack4Congress.

Though the founders envisioned Congress as the linchpin of democracy in the United States

HKS Ash Center to Host Discussion on Integrating Immigrant Communities in Lawrence, Mass.

HKS Ash Center to Host Discussion on Integrating Immigrant Communities in Lawrence, Mass.

March 20, 2014

Cambridge, Mass. −  The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, in partnership with WBUR 90.9 FM, Lawrence Community Works, Lawrence History Center, and Qniversity, will host a discussion on integrating immigrant communities in Lawrence, Massachusetts on March 31st.

Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

Harvard Kennedy School Awarded $8.1 Million to Research Government Accountability and Transparency in Indonesia and Tanzania

August 5, 2013

Hewlett Foundation, Gates Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development Fund Five-Year Study

Cambridge, Mass. – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced it has been awarded an $8.1 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Department for International Development in the United Kingdom to support a rigorous, five-year, multi-country research study on the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes.

Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

Ash Center Devotes $150,000 in Grants Exploring Democracy's Challenges

February 1, 2013

HKS Faculty, Doctoral, and Post Doctoral Students Encouraged to Apply

Cambridge, Mass. – The Ash Center's Challenges to Democracy Grant program will award $150,000 in funding support for HKS faculty workshops and doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships. Kennedy School doctoral students and faculty as well as post-doctoral students from the wider academic community are encouraged to apply by April 1, 2013.

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