About us

digital HKS is an independent project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs that is committed to understanding the relationship between digital technology, data, and rights as it relates to the public interest. digital HKS achieves this by cultivating research and curriculum as well as serving as a steward for the government digital services and public interest technology practitioner communities. Two communities at the forefront of this work.

Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Director of digital HKS, David Eaves, lays the groundwork for why digital-centric curriculum matters to all public policy schools and how he is building a foundational approach at the Kennedy School in his series, Teaching Digital at HKS: A Roadmap.

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David Eaves put this approach into practice through his course, (DPI-662) Digital Government: Technology, Policy, and Public Service Innovation, and his executive education program, Digital Transformation in Government: Innovation Public Policy & Service, being offered March 10, 2019 - March 15, 2019.

digital HKS explores digital technology and the public interest by focusing on:

  • Digital service delivery
  • Government digital platform
  • Product management and design
  • Governance of government technology
  • Open data and data standards
  • Digital inclusion and equity

digital HKS is home to a rich community of Adjunct Lecturers, research fellows, and students. Adjunct Lecturers include Dana Chisnell (a pioneer in civic design), Kathy Pham (a product leader and computer scientist), Nick Sinai (former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer), Bruce Schneier (internationally renowned security technologist), and Jim Waldo (Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences).

digital HKS research fellows are exploring research and building best practices at the intersections of digital technology and government digital services and or the public interest. Projects cover a variety of domestic and international topics including exploring the future of government work, assessing human rights considerations applied to internet protocols, and analyzing the ethical considerations of identity and indigenous populations in the global south.


revised January 18, 2019