Institutions of Global Governance & Civil Society

2017 Mar 07

Study Group - The Democracy Crisis in Europe and the US: A Comparative Perspective

4:00pm to 5:30pm

 

Governance

How is liberal democracy being attacked by "illiberal governance" in Europe and the US? What is the "illiberal governance" model in Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Russia?  Is it a sustainable alternative to liberal democracy, or a nationalist reaction against globalization and outside elites that may not prove sustainable?  How does it relate to populist nationalist movements… Read more about Study Group - The Democracy Crisis in Europe and the US: A Comparative Perspective

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Disinformation campaigns target tech-enabled citizen journalists

March 2, 2017

New blog by Carr Center Senior Fellow Steven Livingston.

"Governments hoping to evade responsibility for war crimes and rights abuses are having a much tougher time of it these days. Denying entry to nettlesome investigators is still standard while many places are simply too dangerous to investigate. But even where investigators cannot go, digital technologies can sometimes overcome barriers to investigation. A recent Harvard Kennedy School report published by the Carr Center for Human Rights… Read more about Disinformation campaigns target tech-enabled citizen journalists

2017 Mar 06

*CANCELLED* Laughtivism: Fighting Authoritarian Regimes with the Power of Humor *CANCELLED*

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Carr Center Conference Room R-219

*This event has been cancelled*

How do you start, build, and complete a peaceful revolution?  How do we fight oppression and violence? Why were the Serbian and Arab Spring revolutionaries able to topple deep-seated autocrats while the American Occupy movement failed to achieve its stated goals? What are the application of rules for 'people power' movements in different environments - from autocracies to democracies?

Join us on Monday, March 6th, as Srdja Popovic looks at how past youth movements have successfully toppled… Read more about *CANCELLED* Laughtivism: Fighting Authoritarian Regimes with the Power of Humor *CANCELLED*

Steven Livingston. 2/21/2017. “Conference Report: Technology & Human Rights in the 21st Century.” Technology & Human Rights in the 21st Century. Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA: Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Publisher's Version Abstract

Full online version here.

On November 3 - 4, 2016, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School hosted a symposium that aimed to:

1. Strengthen collaboration among stakeholders working on issues at the intersection of human rights and technology and

2. Deepen our understanding of the nature of collaboration among different technical and scientific communities working in human rights.

The symposium brought together practitioners and academics from different industries, academic disciplines and professional practices. Discussion centered on three clusters of scientific and technical capacities and the communities of practice associated with each of them. These clusters are:

  • Geospatial Technology: The use of commercial remote sensing satellites, geographical information systems (GIS), unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and geographical positioning satellites (GPS) and receivers to track events on earth.
     
  • Digital Networks: The use of digital platforms to link individuals in different locations working towards a common goal, such as monitoring digital evidence of human rights violations around the world. It often involves crowdsourcing the collection of data over digital networks or social computation – the analysis of data by volunteers using digital networks.
     
  • Forensic Science: The collection, preservation, examination and analysis of evidence of abuses and crimes for documentation, reconstruction, and understanding for public and court use. Among the more prominent evidential material in this area includes digital and multimedia evidence as well as corporal and other biologic evidence.  When considering the use of digital technologies, we might say that forensic science involves the recoding of material objects into binary code. This domain includes massively parallel DNA sequencing technologies as well as document scanning and data management technologies.

In their landmark 1998 book, Activists Beyond Borders, Kathryn Sikkink and Margaret Keck wrote that “by overcoming the deliberate suppression of information that sustains many abuses of power, human rights groups bring pressure to bear on those who perpetuate abuses” (Keck and Sikkink, 1998, Kindle Locations 77-78).  The Carr Center’s symposium on technology and human rights explored the ways modern human rights organization use science and technology to overcome the deliberate suppression of information.

Speakers discussed the latest advances in each of the key technologies represented at the symposium and used today by human rights organizations.

Steven Livingston and Sushma Raman co-organized the event. Livingston is Senior Fellow at the Carr Center and Professor of Media and Public Affairs and Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University; Raman is the Executive Director of the Carr Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Full online version here.

 

Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks to address operational gaps

Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks to address operational gaps

February 21, 2017

Original article on by Carr Center's Senior Fellow Steven Livingston and Joseph Guay

According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, “Few aspects of the human endeavor…are isolated from possible impacts in a changing climate. The… Read more about Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks to address operational gaps

2017 Feb 17

Carr Talk & Coffee: On Trump, Torture and Secret Prisons

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Carr Center Conference Room - Rubenstein 219

Join Carr Center faculty, fellows and staff for Carr Talk & Coffee. At this Carr Talk, Carr Center research fellow Alberto Mora will discuss his research on the impacts of the U.S. use of torture on our strategic interests. Carr Center's Avery Schmidt and Kathryn Sikkink will also discuss their research on the… Read more about Carr Talk & Coffee: On Trump, Torture and Secret Prisons

Trump repeats sad history on immigration

Trump repeats sad history on immigration

February 6, 2017

From Carr Center's Kathryn Sikkink.

"When I was growing in St. Cloud in the 1960s and 1970s, I was already dimly aware that we were an immigrant community.

In particular, I knew the parents and grandparents of many of my schoolmates had come from Germany because I was always in the homeroom full of the kids with German last names — the Schmidts, Schneiders, and Schwartzs. A number of these students came from poor farms outside town. They had to be up very early in the morning before school to help on the farm, before the long bus trip to school, and they came to homeroom, the… Read more about Trump repeats sad history on immigration

Deep Water - The Real Story: Film Screening and Discussion

February 2, 2017

As part of the Carr Center's A.R.T. of Human Rights, the Carr Center screened the film Deep Water: The Real Story. After the screening, the Carr Center held a discussion about the film.

About the Panel:

    Steve Johnson, brother of one of the victims
    Martha Coakley, former MA Attorney General
    Amanda Blue, Director, "Deep Water: The Real Story"
    Darren Dale, Producer
   … Read more about Deep Water - The Real Story: Film Screening and Discussion

How to defend human rights in the Trump era

How to defend human rights in the Trump era

January 25, 2017

Carr Center's Senior Fellow John Shattuck's latest Op-Ed in the Boston Globe.

"The Women’s March and demonstrations throughout the country last weekend served notice on President Trump that if he persists in assaulting human rights, he will face massive resistance.

Recent presidents who threatened rights have been reined in. Richard Nixon used the power of the presidency to attack the Constitution and his political enemies, but… Read more about How to defend human rights in the Trump era

2017 Feb 16

Study Group - The Democracy Crisis in Europe and the US: A Comparative Perspective

4:00pm

Location: 

Location will be released to accepted applicants.

Governance

How is liberal democracy being attacked by "illiberal governance" in Europe and the US? What is the "illiberal governance" model in Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Russia?  Is it a sustainable alternative to liberal democracy, or a nationalist reaction against globalization and outside elites that may not prove sustainable?  How… Read more about Study Group - The Democracy Crisis in Europe and the US: A Comparative Perspective

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