2016

SWIFT Institute Research Demonstrates That Mobile Banking Increases Financial Inclusion

SWIFT Institute Research Demonstrates That Mobile Banking Increases Financial Inclusion

July 8, 2016

New study from the SWIFT Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School looks at the impact of mobile banking on levels of financial inclusion in Africa through the lens of Kenya.

Johannesburg, 8 June 2016 – The SWIFT Institute, in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School, today released new research on the impact of mobile banking on financial inclusion. The report, ‘...

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Tiana Epps-Johnson

The Technology of Elections: Q&A with Tiana Epps-Johnson

June 16, 2016

Tiana Epps-Johnson is a Democracy and Technology Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Epps-Johnson recently launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States. The Toolkit, developed in part during Epps-Johnson's tenure...

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Tiana Epps-Johnson

Ash Democracy and Technology Fellow Tiana Epps-Johnson Launches Digital Toolkit for Election Officials

June 16, 2016

Cambridge, MA --  Tiana Epps-Johnson, a Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a leading research center at the Harvard Kennedy School, today launched the Election Toolkit for local officials administering elections across the United States.

The Election Toolkit, developed in part during Epps-Johnson's tenure as a fellow at the...

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Digitizing Congress: Q&A with Kirsten Gullickson

Digitizing Congress: Q&A with Kirsten Gullickson

June 8, 2016

Kirsten Gullickson, Special Guest to the Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellowship, discusses how specific file formats of legislative documents and online repositories can make Congress more transparent and accountable to the public with Francesca Schembri. As a senior systems analyst for the Office of the Clerk in the U.S. House of Representatives, Kirsten spearheads the effort to convert the paper and parchment of legislative documents and federal law into digital formats including text, XML, and PDF. Read more about the Technology and Democracy Fellowship.... Read more about Digitizing Congress: Q&A with Kirsten Gullickson

Journalism in the Age of Data: Q&A with Dhrumil Mehta

Journalism in the Age of Data: Q&A with Dhrumil Mehta

June 15, 2016

Ash Center Technology and Democracy Fellow Dhrumil Mehta discusses his role as a database journalist at the data-driven news site FiveThirtyEight. Dhrumil uses uses an impressive digital toolkit to turn the plethora of harvested public information into usable data for data-driven stories on politics. In this interview, Dhrumil speaks to the connections and tensions between data analysis and content creation, and emphasizes the importance of transparency and data availability for database journalists. Read more about the Technology and Democracy Fellowship.... Read more about Journalism in the Age of Data: Q&A with Dhrumil Mehta

Democracy Fellowship Program: Shaping a New Field of Scholars

Democracy Fellowship Program: Shaping a New Field of Scholars

April 5, 2016

By Tim Glynn-Burke, Associate Director of Democratic Governance and Student Programs

In 2008, the Ash Center reenvisioned its Democratic Governance Program as an active research community that would fill a void in current scholarship in democratic governance by fostering research that is not only normatively and empirically sophisticated but also problem-driven and actionable.... Read more about Democracy Fellowship Program: Shaping a New Field of Scholars

China Gives: The Ash Center Surveys China’s Philanthropic Landscape

China Gives: The Ash Center Surveys China’s Philanthropic Landscape

March 2, 2016

By Dan Harsha, Associate Director for Communications

Over a century ago, the Gilded Age tycoons of America realized that getting rich was the easy part. Giving away their fortunes would require an altogether new vision of how they wished to leave their imprint on society — all done without the guiding hands of professional philanthropic advisors or longstanding charitable foundations.... Read more about China Gives: The Ash Center Surveys China’s Philanthropic Landscape

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