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Trump wants to “detect mass shooters before they strike.” It won’t work.

August 8, 2019

New article on Vox highlights the work of Desmond Patton, Technology and Human Rights Fellow.

Patton, emphasized that current AI tools tend to identify the language of African American and Latinx people as gang-involved or otherwise threatening, but consistently miss the posts of white mass murderers.

"I think technology is a tool, not the...

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The Physics of Dissent

August 5, 2019

For people power movements, does momentum equal mass times velocity? Erica Chenoweth & Margherita Belgioioso reflect on their recent findings in Nature Human Behaviour.

The recent revolutions in Algeria and Sudan remind us that bottom-up movements of people power can create sweeping political transformations. They did this in part by mobilizing huge numbers of active protestors—...

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Stop Surveillance Humanitarianism

July 11, 2019

New opinion article in the New York Times by Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow Mark Latonero.

Requiring biometric data, like iris and facial scans, sets a dangerous precedent for vital aid.

A standoff between the United Nations World Food Program and Houthi rebels in control of the capital region is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Yemen.

Alarmed by...

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Carr Center Prize for Human Rights PAE

May 29, 2019

The Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) is a capstone project for Harvard Kennedy School students. During the PAE, students examine and develop solutions for a public or nonprofit sector policy or management issue presented by a client organization. 

Each year, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy selects a student PAE or SYPA that successfully addresses a critical human rights issue of our time.

On HKS Class Day 2019, the Carr...

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The '3.5% rule:' How a small minority can change the world

May 14, 2019

New article featuring Carr Center's Erica Chenoweth on BBC-Future.

Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change

"In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement...

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