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Racial Disparity in Disaster Response in the United States: A Case Study of Aid Under FEMA
Do I Really Have To Eat This? The Follies of Food Loss
Stable Signatures: An Effective Route to Regulating AI-Generated Child Sex Abuse Material
Chinese-Indonesians Face Long Road to National Integration, Except During Elections
Democracy and Governance
A New Draft for America? A Service Year by Young Americans Would Protect America and Maybe Heal It Along the Way
The idea of a service year for young Americans has been floated around for decades but with no substantive action. A definitive first step to push young Americans in a year of service starts with encouraging colleges to require them before matriculation or to weigh the experience heavily in admissions decisions.
Poverty, Inequality and Opportunity
On February 6, 2024, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Ala’a Kolkaila spoke with David Beasley, the former Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). The conversation focused mainly on food security and Beasley’s time at the WFP.
Gender, Race and Identity
Disproportionately affecting women, lack of access to clean fuels for cooking leads to 3.7 million untimely deaths annually from household air pollution.
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In a country celebrated for being a melting pot, our public school curriculum should be racially, ethnically, and culturally inclusive.
Amidst the gravest drug crisis in American history, the United States grapples with an incomprehensible death toll exceeding 100,000 fentanyl overdoses in 2021 alone. New foreign policy is needed to secure the border and save lives.
On December 5, 2023, Senior Editor Nikolas Neos spoke with Harvard Professor Graham Allison about US-China relations and what the rising tension between the two countries means for both of them.
On November 13, 2023, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Jane Petersen spoke with former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The conversation covered a range of topics including what other countries can learn from Colombia’s peace agreement, poverty alleviation efforts, and the fight against climate change.
On November 3, 2023, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Samriddhi Vij sat down with former U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Syria, Edward Djerejian, to discuss the Israel-Hamas war.
On November 29th, 2022, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Samriddhi Vij sat down with the former President of Tunisia Moncef Marzouki to discuss democracy in the Arab world, with a special focus on civil movements and women’s rights.
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Science, Technology and Data
How are dramatic developments in science and technology changing the public sphere? Can data be harnessed for the goal of good governance? What is the future of privacy?
In fall 2023, more than 20 young girls in a small town in southern Spain were targets of naked deep-fake images. Stable signatures may provide a solution.
Towards Human-Centered AI: How International Harmonization Can Help Prevent the Loopholes of AI Regulation and Black Markets for Malicious AI
As AI continues to reshape our world, forging a comprehensive legal framework becomes crucial to steer AI’s advancement in a globally responsible and ethically sound direction, which ultimately should be supported by customary international law so that the responsibility fall equally on all countries.
Congress must take the existential risks of AI seriously and deploy pre-existing risk assessment tools and regulations to better understand, monitor, and mitigate those risks.
Harmonized data lies at the heart of the climate agenda, but do we pay enough attention to the development of the figures that we see? Do we ever question how the figures are calculated?
To borrow a famous legal quip, American privacy is protected merely by a thin layer of common decency, public policy, legislative safeguard, and judicial concern–a four-walled house built on, and of, sand.
AI will continue to permeate and transform cities. With the right guidelines, it will allow governments to improve citizen engagement, reduce tax fraud, and optimize energy, mobility, and waste management systems.
“For every dollar and every minute we invest in improving AI, we would be wise to invest a dollar and a minute in exploring and developing human consciousness.” —Yuval Noah Harari1 In June 2020, the veritable explosion of misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic prompted more than 130 countries to issue a statement on the burgeoning […]
Planned Obsolescence: Exploring the Role of Free Markets and Regulation in the Right to Repair Movement
Last month, Tesla was hit with two class action lawsuits from Model S owners who claimed they were charged excessively high prices and faced long wait times for vehicle maintenance and repairs; John Deere faced a similar class action lawsuit over their alleged violation of antitrust laws through their tractor repair policies, including software locks […]
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