Tech & Democracy Workshop: Strengthening Democracy by Modernizing Congress


Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 4:30pm to 6:30pm


Wexner 332, Harvard Kennedy School

Join the Ash Center for a workshop led by Technology and Democracy Fellow Zach Graves, and grow your understanding of recent efforts to modernize and strengthen Congress. This workshop will include interactive, hands-on exercises. Come prepared to engage, not just to listen!

Congress is supposed to be the democratically accountable, and most powerful, of the three branches of the federal government. Yet, it’s approval rating is about half that of President Donald Trump’s. Clearly, something must be broken.

This workshop will look at some of the causes of congressional dysfunction, focusing on its struggles to adapt to the Information Age. As we’ll show, this problem is more than just embarrassing late night show vignettes about our representatives interacting with Mark Zuckerberg. Workshop participants will learn about issues such as efforts to revive the Office of Technology Assessment, the outlook for the new House Select Committee on Modernizing Congress, the importance of digital services infrastructure, and the history of congressional decline. We’ll also cover how you can meaningfully engage to promote a stronger and healthier democracy. Refreshments will be provided

Registration is free, but required for this workshop.

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. Learn more about the fellowship program here.