Past Technology and Democracy Workshops and Events

Past Technology & Democracy Workshops and Event

2021 Apr 06

Tech & Democracy Workshop: Pitching and Writing an Op-Ed to Support Digital Campaigns

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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The 2020 Presidential Election, more so than any other, was run on digital platforms as we lived through the unprecedented realities of the Coronavirus pandemic. Effective campaign strategies for digital storytelling were dependent on not only originality, but on pitching and producing thoughtful media content. This highly interactive workshop, run by J.P. Carroll, former deputy director of Hispanic media for the Republican National Committee (2018-2020), will cover how to both pitch a story and then write a compelling opinion piece (op-ed), guiding participants...

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2021 Mar 30

Tech & Democracy Workshop: How to Build a Winning Advocacy Campaign

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Please register for this session using your Harvard email address. Join us for an interactive workshop with AY 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellow Vignesh Ganapathy, LoudLight Action Board Chair and former Head of Government Relations at Postmates. Vignesh will lead a group-oriented session analyzing successful campaigns for policy change, drawing upon his experiences managing legislative campaigns at the local, state, and federal level while utilizing an innovative and diverse toolkit.

Participants will examine the risks and benefits of various real-world approaches...

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2021 Mar 23

Florida and the 2020 Election: How Can Lessons from the Latinx Vote Help Us Fight Disinformation?

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Please register for this session using your Harvard email address. Join an interactive workshop with Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Executive Director of Kairos and AY 2020-2021 Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center. During this workshop, participants will examine the Latinx vote in Florida during the 2020 presidential election as a way of understanding how disinformation and misinformation impacts voting behavior. Participants will engage in an immersive exercise where we will identify voting trends and messaging that was effective in shaping...

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2021 Mar 17

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

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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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...

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2021 Mar 02

Owning the Narrative & Leveraging Rapid Response to Your Advantage: Tech & Democracy Workshop with Ernest Britt

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Rapid response moments can spark nationwide movements — if you know how to use them to your advantage. Join Ernest Britt, Color Of Change Senior Campaign Manager and former Digital Manager for Stacey Abrams, for a hands-on workshop on digital rapid response techniques and how to transform crises into clear calls to action. Using real-life examples from Ernest’s experience on presidential and gubernatorial campaigns, participants will learn how to more effectively approach rapid response, including crafting a narrative, engaging stakeholders,...

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2021 Feb 09

Social Media, Misinformation, and Election Integrity: A Technology and Democracy Workshop with Kevin Chan from Facebook

4:00pm to 5:15pm

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Join Kevin Chan, Facebook Director of Public Policy, Canada; AY 2020-2021 Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow, for a dynamic, hands-on workshop engaging with real-world issues around social media platforms, misinformation, and election integrity. Participants will tackle critical questions head-on by working in groups representing key stakeholders, including election officials, political parties, civil society, and online platforms, in a simulation framed around the 2019 federal election in Canada. The session will...

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2020 Apr 21

Sharing Ideas Online: Remixing Policy to Drive Meaningful Action with Eric Wilson

Registration Closed 4:15pm to 5:15pm

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Join Eric Wilson, Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow and Chief Digital Officer for America Rising, for a workshop on how to get your ideas noticed online and build a strategy for results. He’ll highlight key trends shaping the way ideas are spread online and adopted in real life. Participants will take part in an exercise to generate digital content designed to get noticed and drive action.

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2020 Apr 14

Latinas: The New Blue Wave? A Workshop on Research and Voter Empowerment with Stephanie Valencia

Registration Closed 4:15pm to 5:15pm

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Join us for a virtual workshop led by Stephanie Valencia, Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow and co-founder of EquisLabs; an organization creating a more active, powerful Latinx electorate. 

As matriarchs, soccer moms, or college-aged kids - Latina women are the glue and the backbones of the Latinx community. Their power lies in the social networks they hold and their ability to catalyze them to move the people around them. Because of this, they have the...

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2020 Apr 07

Reaching People Where They Are: Integrated Digital and Field Organizing with Daniel Marks

Registration Closed 4:15pm to 5:15pm

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This virtual workshop will be led by Daniel Marks, an Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow who serves as a Digital Manager at Color Of Change. Participants will get a chance to explore the principles of how digital campaigners can best uplift and assist field organizers in down-ballot races. Daniel will also explore the possible ramifications the coronavirus has...

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2020 Mar 31

Pivoting to a New Electoral Reality: Building Trust Online and Implementation of Vote By Mail

4:15pm to 5:15pm

This event concluded on March 31, 2020. View the original description and event recording below.

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow Nick Carter to develop your digital toolkit! The workshop will be titled "Pivoting to a New Electoral Reality: Building Trust Online and Implementation of Vote By Mail," with participants learning how voter engagement leaders are scaling their digital programs and adjusting to an...

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2019 Nov 19

Tech & Democracy Workshop with Google's Ramya Raghavan

4:15pm to 5:30pm

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Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

How do we decipher fact from fiction in the technology age? Join us for a hands-on workshop with Ramya Raghavan, the current lead for civics and news outreach at Google, to build your media literacy. Learn about how Google News Initiative is trying to help journalism thrive in the digital age and build the tools to fact check the news we all consume.

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-...

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2019 Oct 24

Mobilization 101: A Technology and Democracy Workshop with When We All Vote’s Laura Miller

6:00pm to 7:00pm

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L166, Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street

Join the Ash Center and Institute of Politics for a workshop hosted by Laura Miller, Mobilization Director at When We All Vote and 2019-20 Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center. Laura's experience working on digital campaigns from the Obama White House to March for Our Lives will inform this unique training on how to create a mobilization strategy that inspires people from all walks of life to engage in a democracy.

The Ash Center's Technology and Democracy Workshop Series are hands-on, co-curricular events designed to help HKS and...

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2019 Sep 20

Ash Community Speaker Series — Democracy Can’t Wait: Reaching the American Voter

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Voter turnout plays a significant part in the health of our democracy. Join us for a discussion with four of our 2019-20 Technology and Democracy Fellows, experts on voter engagement and digital organizers, about the state of voter participation and how we can inspire even more people, from all communities, to get out and vote.

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2019 Sep 19

Investing and Innovating: Technology’s Role in Democracy Reform

12:00pm to 1:00pm

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Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

From online voter registration to digital news media, Citizens are increasingly interacting with democracy and civil society aided by technology. Join us for a conversation with three of our 2019-20 Technology and Democracy Fellows, investors and experts from the technology community, about how digital tools, platforms, and products are being leveraged to better our democracy.  

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2019 May 03

Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

The application for this study group has closed. 

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This study group will take you behind the scenes to...

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2019 Apr 16

Tech & Democracy Workshop: Digital Organizing for Social Justice

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Wexner 332, Harvard Kennedy School

Join the Ash Center for a workshop led by Technology and Democracy Fellow Jess Morales Rocketto, Political Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Chair of Families Belong Together, the campaign to end family separation. She formerly served as Digital Organizing Director of Hillary for America. In this workshop you will learn how to use algorithms to push your message across digital platforms and move online energy to offline action. This workshop will include interactive, hands-on exercises. Come prepared...

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2019 Apr 09

Tech & Democracy Workshop: Strengthening Democracy by Modernizing Congress

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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...

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2019 Apr 04

Study Group: Reimagining Civic Discourse on Social Media

4:15pm to 6:15pm

Location: 

Harvard Kennedy School

The application for this study group has closed. 

Students and fellows at Harvard and surrounding universities are invited to apply for a spring semester study group with Ash Center Fellow Deepti Doshi, Director of Community Partnerships at Facebook, MC/MPA '12; and Mo Safdari, former Program Manager for Election Integrity at Facebook, MBA/MPP. 

Building constructive civic discourse on social media is an urgent challenge. This reading group will...

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2019 Apr 02

Tech and Democracy Workshop: Digital Voter Engagement 101

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Room 226

Join Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellows to develop your digital toolkit. This is a hands-on workshop; participants are expected to arrive ready to learn and practice a new skill.

Please note: The location of this event has changed from Wexner 436 to the Ash Center, Room 226, located at 124 Mt. Auburn, Suite 200N.

This workshop will be led by Devin Murphy, an Ash Center...

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