Big Data, Privacy, and the Power of the Purse: Bringing Revenue Collection into the 21st Century


Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:00pm


Ash Center Foyer,124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ash Center Student Speaker Series (Tax Week Special!)

Charles Data Alemi, MPP ’15
Yunjung Song, MPP ’15

Lunch will be provided

About the Event
As most celebrate (or mourn) the end of tax season here in the United States, we turn our attention overseas toward two efforts to make revenue collection more modern and transparent. On behalf of the South Sudan Customs Service, Charles Data Alemi has studied the challenges facing that new country’s attempts to better collect customs and indirect taxes levied on imports. In particular his talk will focus on the complexity of the current policy and the challenges presented by a lack of data availability. Yunjung Song will talk about her work exploring the potential for broader disclosure of taxpayer data in South Korea. By comparing the tax privacy policies of a number of other countries, she suggests a new tax data disclosure policy for the National Tax Service of South Korea. What is the right balance, she asks, between economic feasibility, operational feasibility, political feasibility, the public’s right to know, and tax data privacy?

About the Series
The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.