Technology and Democracy Fellowship

The 2018-19 Technology & Democracy Fellows were recently announcedApplications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available April 2019.

The Technology and Democracy Fellowship is part of an Ash Center initiative to explore technology’s role in improving democratic governance—with a focus on connecting to practice and on helping Harvard Kennedy School students develop crucial technology skills.

Over the course of the fellowship, participants design, develop, or refine a substantive project that is salient to their field. This project could entail research, writing, and developing strategy relating to each fellow’s work, or could take the form of a new platform, service, app, or idea.

Technology and Democracy Fellows form a virtual community through which they share ideas and resources, pose questions, offer feedback, and help one another with solving challenges in their projects or other work. The Kennedy School serves as a unique space for these technologists to take a step back from the day-to-day minutia working in the world of practice to discuss, research, and write about the bigger questions their work addresses.  

Fellows also help students, staff, faculty, and other members of the HKS community to develop their understanding of major concepts and to build skills related to technology and governance. This knowledge sharing is primarily delivered through a hands-on, skill-building workshop that each fellow designs and leads once during the year on a topic of interest to the fellow (see past workshops here).  Fellows can also develop personal relationships with faculty, staff, and fellows at HKS in the form of consultation and mentoring, event/speaking opportunities, and more.

The Technology and Democracy Fellowship is an unpaid, non-resident fellowship, so Fellows are not expected to reside or work locally. We invite Technology and Democracy Fellows to Cambridge at least twice during the course of the fellowship year (at the Ash Center’s expense) to give workshops, present their work, and meet with members of the HKS community.

Eligibility

The Fellowship welcomes mid-career practitioners with an interest in leveraging technology to improve democratic governance. Each cohort of fellows includes technologists with an interest or background in democratic politics and governance or public and civic leaders with technology expertise.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be available April 2019.For questions, please contact Natalia Chavez at Natalia_Chavez@hks.harvard.edu.

Current Technology and Democracy Fellows

The 2018-19 Technology and Democracy Fellows are below.

Deepti Doshi, Community Partnerships Director, Facebook
Zach Graves, Head of Policy, Lincoln Network
Sofia Gross, Political & Non-Profit Partnerships, Public Policy, Snap Inc.
Victoria McCullough, Social Impact and Public Policy, Tumblr
Devin Murphy, Digital Strategist, Priorities USA and Founder, DMT Strategies
Jess Morales Rocketto, Political Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance