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Ash Center Director for Equity and Inclusion LaChaun Banks on the intersection of civic policy, research, and the Center’s own approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion



Understanding the Case of Indonesia

Postal voting package sent to an Indonesian voter in the United Kingdom for the 2019 general election. The grey-marked ballot is for the presidential election, while the yellow-marked ballot is for the legislative election for the Jakarta 2nd constituency (Central Jakarta, South Jakarta and abroad voters).
Postal voting package sent to an Indonesian voter in the United Kingdom for the 2019 general election. The grey-marked ballot is for the presidential election, while the yellow-marked ballot is for the legislative election for the Jakarta 2nd constituency (Central Jakarta, South Jakarta and abroad voters).
Postal voting package sent to an Indonesian voter for the 2019 general election. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.


How this shift in thinking can revolutionize digital government.

“Deploying the Once-Only Policy: A Privacy-Enhancing Guide for Policymakers and Civil Society Actors” was published by the Ash Center to discuss approaches as well as pitfalls when it comes to implementing the Once-Only Policy.


Digital government leaders on the need to rethink funding models for long-term impact

The U.S. Capitol surrounded by binary code. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
The U.S. Capitol surrounded by binary code. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons



Why aggregate city data?

Chelsea, Massachusetts City Hall
Chelsea, Massachusetts City Hall
Chelsea, Massachusetts City Hall, where author Ashley Marcoux worked as an Innovation Field Lab Fellow digitalizing and aggregating datasets from across city departments

A quadcopter camera drone in flight. (Josh Sorensen)

Army Picks Fitbit to Develop Wearable Presymptom COVID-19 Detectors

New President, Congress Must Help Indian Country Fight Coronavirus

Use COVID-19 To Build Back Better, Cities Told


Animals’ Bridge on Route 93 near Evaro, Montana, on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Sign in English and Salish language. (Vince Devlin)

Tracking COVID-19’s Effects by Race and Ethnicity: Phase Two

Naval Hospitals Deploy Germ-Killing Robots Amid Pandemic

Pathways to the Post-Pandemic Workforce


A Story of Progress and Resistance

A Democracy Restoration Act supporter holds up a sign in protest of felony disenfranchisement in 2010 (Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights)

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