2009

2009 Dec 10

Diffusion of Information Technology Use in Congressional Offices

(All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

David Lazer, Harvard Kennedy School

About the Seminar
What is the potential use of the Internet by members of Congress to better connect with their constituents? This talk will summarize the results of a multi-year NSF-funded study on the potential and actual use of Internet by Members of Congress for communication purposes.... Read more about Diffusion of Information Technology Use in Congressional Offices

2009 Nov 30

Immigration, Security, and Democracy

(All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

The Dynamics of Policy Failure

Ariane Chebel dAppollonia, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

About the Seminar
In this seminar, Ariane Chebel dAppollonia examines three interlocking processes that fuel the dynamics of security/integration policy failure.’ The first relates to the spiral effect of border escalation. Designed to prevent illegal immigration and terrorist threats, she argues that border controls in fact generate new immigration flows and increase insecurity. Second, the increasing volume of counter-terrorism activity has led to the proliferation of similarly flawed policy institutions in the United States and Europe: Hampered by a vague definition of terrorism, they have expanded and tackle security issues unrelated to terrorism. Third, the impact of the securitization of immigration may actually increase alienation and therefore facilitate terrorist recruitment. The net effect is the creation of a self-fulfilling prophesy of a permissive environment of violence.... Read more about Immigration, Security, and Democracy

2009 Nov 19

Securing the Seas: A Conversation with the Global Maritime Domain Awareness Program

(All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Bryan Long, Volpe Center, United States Department of Transportation

About the Seminar
The Global Maritime Domain Awareness Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe Center, which developed the technology to track vessel movement on the seas much more effectively.

The Volpe Center staff built the Maritime Security and Safety Information System (MSSIS), a freely-shared, unclassified, near real-time data collection and distribution network. Its member countries share data from Automatic Identification Systems (AIS), coastal radar, and other maritime-related systems.... Read more about Securing the Seas: A Conversation with the Global Maritime Domain Awareness Program

2009 Nov 18

The Ethics of INGO Advocacy

(All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Why It Is OK That No One Elected Oxfam

Jennifer Rubenstein, University of Virginia

About the Seminar
Advocacy campaigns by international anti-poverty non-governmental organizations are an increasingly prominent feature of global politics. Professor Rubenstein focuses on two possibilities for how these campaigns be conceptualized and normatively evaluated: 1) INGOs should be viewed as non-elected representatives” and evaluated based on how representative they are; 2) INGOs should be viewed as agents of justice” and evaluated based on how well they promote some conception of global justice.... Read more about The Ethics of INGO Advocacy

2009 Nov 12

Tricky Transfer: On the (Im)possibility of Replicating Government Innovations

(All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Jorrit de Jong, Senior Lecturer in Public Management, VU University, Amsterdam and Visiting Research Fellow, Ash Center

About the Seminar
One of the challenges in the public sector is to benefit from other peoples innovations. Why reinvent the wheel? Unfortunately, replicating public sector innovations is not easy: sometimes differences seem to outnumber similarities between organizations and contexts.

Please join us as Jorrit de Jong discusses how using a management simulation can help to develop analytical and practical innovation transfer skills. Based on experiences with groups of managers from around the world, he will discuss mechanisms that impede successful transfers as well as strategies that help create success.... Read more about Tricky Transfer: On the (Im)possibility of Replicating Government Innovations

2009 Nov 05

Health Care for All: A Discussion with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Health Connector

(All day)

Location: 

124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Rosemarie Day, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority

About the Seminar
As the United States explores ways to expand access and reduce costs to health care, Massachusetts is a key focus of the national debate. The Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is the independent state authority that is charged with increasing the pool of citizens with health insurance in Massachusetts, a central mandate of the states health reform law of 2006 requiring that all Massachusetts adults must purchase health insurance if they can afford it. The Connector is a public-private hybrid entity that combines funding from both government and private insurance agencies to operate.... Read more about Health Care for All: A Discussion with the Massachusetts Commonwealth Health Connector

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