2016

2016 Sep 14

Book talk with Stein Ringen, author of The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200 North

The Perfect DictatorshipPlease join us for a book talk with Stein Ringen, author of The Perfect Dictatorship: China in the 21st Century and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. This discussion will be moderated by Ash...

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2016 Sep 07

Anonymity, Pseudonymity, and Deliberation: Why Not Everything Should Be Connected

4:10pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, 124 Mt Auburn St, Suite 200 North

Kicking off our Making Democracy Work Seminar series, this talk explores anonymity, online institutional designs, and their effects on deliberation. University of Cambridge Postdoctoral Research Fellow Alfred Moore and colleagues built a data set of some 42 million comments made on the Huffington Post website between January 2013 and February 2015, as the site moved from a regime of easy anonymity, to registered pseudonyms, and finally to outsourcing their comments to Facebook. It turns out that real name environments may be worse for talking about politics online than...

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FETP

President Obama formally announces opening of Fulbright University Vietnam

May 23, 2016

Hanoi – Yesterday President Obama formally announced that Fulbright University Vietnam will begin operation in the fall of 2016. In remarks at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, President Obama said “now that the government of Vietnam has granted the necessary license, we can say that Fulbright University Vietnam -- this country’s first nonprofit, independent university -- can move forward and open its doors and welcome its first class this fall.” 

The announcement from President Obama comes on the heels of the Vietnam government’s formal decision to...

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Solomon Kahn

Ash Fellow Launches New Campaign Finance Data Tool

May 23, 2016

Cambridge MA -- Solomon Kahn, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School today launched Explore Campaign Finance, a new free and publicly accessible web platform housing decades worth of campaign finance data.

Explore Campaign Finance is an open source tool, which compiles the last 25 years of campaign finance data and puts it online in a new user friendly format. Kahn’s tool, developed in part during his Ash fellowship, allows the public to...

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Ash Center announces agreement with China's Ministry of Science and Technology

April 25, 2016

Cambridge, MA -- Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School announced it has signed an agreement with China's Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to bring up to two senior level Ministry officials to Cambridge as visiting scholars at the Center starting in the fall of 2016.

The Ministry will nominate two senior officials at the Director or Director-General level to conduct research relating to China’s energy and environmental systems, as well as examining broader innovation systems around the world. "...

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