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Weiser Diplomacy Center announces new diplomacy fellows

Nov 3, 2022
The Weiser Diplomacy Center (WDC) is excited to announce four impressive recipients of the 2022 WDC fellowship.  The four 2022 fellows, Jacob Gillis (MPP ’24), Gerardo A. Méndez Gutiérrez (MPP ’24), Gabriel Sylvan (MPP ’24), and Oieshi Saha (MPP...
Publication

Green discusses "substantive algorithmic fairness"

Oct 19, 2022
Ford School assistant professor Ben Green, and an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, says that if algorithms are to improve society, focusing only on whether they’re mathematically “fair” won’t get us...
In the Media

Parthasarathy raises ethical questions in Henrietta Lacks lawsuit

May 18, 2022 GBH News
Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, discussed the ethical concerns surrounding the lawsuit filed against Thermo Fisher Scientific by the family of Henrietta Lacks...
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Ralph pens article on corruption and Russian invasion

Apr 10, 2022
Alex Ralph, a writing instructor at the Ford School, recently sat down with Frank Vogl, co-founder of Transparency International, the chairman of the Partnership for Transparency Fund and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, to discuss...
Publication

Green explores tech ethics and its boundaries in new paper

Feb 4, 2022
Who gets to define the ethics behind the use of technology in society? The discussion has become more pressing amid controversies related to misinformation, privacy, and algorithmic bias.  Ben Green explores this question as editor of a special...
Publication

Green’s paper receives Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award

Jan 13, 2022
The Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) recently awarded Ben Green, assistant professor and postdoctoral scholar, the Privacy Papers for Policymakers Award. The award is for Green’s paper, “The Flaws of Policies Requiring Human Oversight of Government...
In the Media

Tompkins-Stange discusses "hazy rules" of donating

Jan 5, 2022 The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Debating the hazy rules of donating to charities, Megan Tompkins-Stange, assistant professor of public policy, discussed how the rules and donations affect politics. “We don’t know exactly what company and what special interest or high net-worth...
News

CLOSUP and Ivacko applauded for partnering with city of Flint

Dec 8, 2021
News outlets are applauding Tom Ivacko and the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy's announcement about a project with the city of Flint that will examine whether a new fiscal reporting mechanism can help create transparency in local fiscal...
In the Media

Axelrod discusses strategy, real-world implications of game theory

Oct 4, 2021 Freakonomics podcast
Robert Axelrod, William D. Hamilton Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, recently broke down game theory strategy on the People I (Mostly) Admire podcast with Freakonomics author Steven Levitt. He explains how game theory and the prisoner's...
In the Media

Parthasarathy on the racial reckoning in science and medicine

Oct 4, 2021 AP News
The family of Henrietta Lacks, a Black woman whose cells have been used to develop numerous scientific and medical innovations, is suing a biotechnology company for selling her cells. Shobita Parthasarathy provided insight into the lawsuit. “We...
In the Media

Haverkamp defends corporate climate pledges

Sep 22, 2021 Marketplace
As more and more corporations commit to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, some are skeptical that these pledges are simply performative. But, Jennifer Haverkamp, professor of practice, says otherwise.  "It’s a very important signal....
In the Media

Ciorciari comments on Afghanistan evacuations

Aug 31, 2021 WXYZ Detroit
The United States has finally left Afghanistan, leaving behind thousands of Afghans fearing for their lives due to connections with the U.S. John Ciorciari, associate professor of public policy and director of the Weiser Diplomacy Center and...
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Ciorciari and Ali analyze Afghanistan withdrawal

Aug 16, 2021
With stunning speed, the Taliban has overthrown the Western-backed government of Afghanistan, bringing a chaotic end to a two-decade effort by the United States and others to remake the country. More than 3,500 U.S. and allied troops and tens of...
In the Media

Parthasarathy calls for legislative action on privacy

Aug 11, 2021 MLive
As police increasingly use social media for surveillance and monitoring, Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, calls for legislative action to protect citizens' online...
In the Media

Ciorciari defends Cambodian human rights lawyer charged with treason

Aug 10, 2021 The New York Times
Theary Seng, a human rights lawyer, has been charged with treason in Cambodia for attempting to build a democratic system and defending human rights.   “Theary has been a courageous champion for democracy and social justice in Cambodia for many...
In the Media

Parthasarathy discusses bias of facial recognition technology

Aug 5, 2021 MLive
The ethics surrounding the use of facial recognition technology are under increasing scrutiny as more law enforcement agencies utilize it. Shobita Parthasarathy, professor of public policy and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy...
In the Media

Hall breaks down gubernatorial election controversy

Aug 1, 2021 Bridge Michigan
Amidst claims that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is using a campaign finance loophole illegally to collect donations for the next gubernatorial election, Richard Hall, professor of public policy and political science, says that Whitmer needs to be careful....
In the Media

Shipan explains Michigan GOP divide

Jul 19, 2021 Detroit Free Press
The Michigan Republican Party is struggling to define itself in the shadow of former President Donald Trump. Some members want to cling to Trump and his rhetoric, while others are trying to distance themselves. Charles Shipan, the J. Ira and Nicki...
Alumni spotlight

Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) expands ballot access in Michigan

Jul 13, 2021
Instrumental in passing Proposal 3, which heavily expanded access to the ballot in Michigan, Sharon Dolente (MPP/JD ‘04) is an expert at creating voting rights policy. “Although Americans identify in our tribes, or our camps, or our political...
In the Media

Bednar says watchdogs aren't going anywhere

Jul 11, 2021 Automotive News
After Toyota was called out by the Lincoln Project for donating over $56,000 to lawmakers who voted against the 2020 election certification, Jenna Bednar, Ford School professor of public policy and political science, said that political watchdogs...
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Green takes a look at tech ethics

Jun 15, 2021
Technology companies have been at the center of many public controversies recently—from hacking threats and data security to fake news and manipulating algorithms. Do the ethics of technological advancement—"tech ethics"—have any influence on the...
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Chamberlin on lawmaker transparency and redistricting

Jun 13, 2021
John Chamberlin, Ford School professor emeritus of public policy and political science, says a recent controversy in Lansing calls out the need for increased transparency when it comes to lawmakers. A Michigan state representative is proposing a law...
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STPP wins grant to explore Large Language Models  

Jun 11, 2021
Large Language Models (LLM) — machine learning algorithms that can recognize, predict, and  generate human languages on the basis of very large text-based data sets — have captured the imagination of scientists, entrepreneurs, and tech-watchers....