Cambridge, MA – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School released a white paper by Innovations in American Government Fellow Jane Wiseman highlighting the relatively new and evolving role of chief data officers in cities and states across the country in working to improve social outcomes through data-driven government.
“Almost half of the girls in India are married before they're even 18 years old,” says Suparna GuptaMC/MPA 2013, founder and director of the Indian nonprofitAangan, which is dedicated to protecting vulnerable children. “I think we have the highest number of child laborers in India —5.8 million child laborers, with 2.4 million adolescents in hazardous work. There is also an alarming figure of one child going missing every eight minutes — a statistic that is deeply linked to child trafficking.”... Read more about Ash Center Alum Suparna Gupta “Activating” for Social Change in India
This fall, the Ash Center welcomed its second cohort of Technology and Democracy Fellows, comprised of technologists committed to improving the health of American democracy. This year’s fellows are especially passionate about building the capacity and new tools needed by civic activists, community organizers, local government officials, and journalists who are so critical to making democracy work.
In October, as part of its Race and American Politics seminar series, the Ash Center collaborated with HKS Assistant Professor of Public Policy Leah Wright Rigueur, an Ash Center faculty affiliate, to organize a Conference on Race and Justice in the Age of Obama. Attended by over 300 people over the course of two days, the event offered a unique and important opportunity for scholars, journalists, and public officials to debate President Obama's impact on race relations in the United States during his eight years in office.