Tech & Democracy Workshop: Ensuring Equitable Access to New Political Tools and Technologies


Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:15pm


Register for virtual workshop

Join us for a skills-building workshop with Kate Gage, Founding Partner at The Movement Cooperative and AY 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center.

The 2020 election was proof of how important local organizers and organizations are to building power and creating meaningful change. Over the past few years there has been an explosion of new entrepreneurs, technologists, tools, and tactics within the political and advocacy space, but many of these critical new innovations remain inaccessible to down-ballot candidates and local organizers due to cost, adoption barriers, and design and user-experience challenges. In this interactive workshop, participants will grapple with crucial questions and leave with real-world strategies for ensuring that technologies can better fulfill their transformational promises to frontline communities while also promoting innovation and sustainability. The session will end with 15 minutes networking time with workshop lead.

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Future Technology and Democracy Workshop Dates

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, co-curricular events designed to help HKS and other students at Harvard develop real-world technology skills. Led by a network of technology practitioners, participants spend time working together and with the workshop leader to learn how to apply technical skills to impact real-world scenarios. You can learn more about the fellowship program here and find future workshop dates below.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 4:00 – 5:15 pm ET: Mariana Ruiz, Executive Director, Kairos

Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 4:00 – 5:15 pm ET: Vignesh Ganapathy, Head of Government Relations, Postmates

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 4:00 – 5:15 pm ET: John Patrick Carroll, Former Deputy Director of Hispanic Media, Republican National Committee

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 4:00 – 5:15 pm ET: Ashley Bryant, Principal, A/B Partners