digital HKS, an initiative of Harvard Kennedy School, is thrilled to announce that Haley Van Dyck (@haleyvandyck), Nadia Eghbal (@nayafia), and Beatrice Martini (@beatricemartini) will join the digitial HKS fellowship cohort. The fellowship appointment is a two year, non-resident appointment that brings together - and supports - practitioners interested in the impact of digital technology on governance, public service, and civic and civil society.
The digital HKS fellowship provides a space for experts in the field of digital technology and government to explore ideas through research and engagement with the digital HKS community. digital HKS fellows are responsible for exploring a digital technology topic that sits at the intersection of technology and public policy (more).
Haley van Dyck (@haleyvandyck) is the co-founder of the United States Digital Service, a new "start-up" inside the White House building services for the American people that work better and cost less. Launched following the successful rescue effort of healthcare.gov, USDS is bringing the country’s top technology talent into government to fix the highest impact services and reform how our government operates in the digital era. At the White House, Haley built many of the President’s major technology initiatives including the U.S. Open Data Policy and Executive Order, the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, the Digital Government Strategy, and the United States Digital Service. She is also responsible for the first-ever government policy being developed in the open and online through Github—an effort that WIRED magazine called “remarkable” for giving geeks a seat at the policy table. In 2011 as Director of Digital Strategy at USAID, Haley used innovative technology to engage Americans at home to fight famine in the Horn of Africa through the award-winning FWD campaign. At the Federal Communications Commission in 2009 she worked to disrupt the archaic rulemaking processes, and as part of the landmark Net Neutrality proceedings comments from citizens via social media and other online channels were accepted with the same legal standing as those filed by large corporations such as AT&T and Verizon for the first time.
Nadia and Beatrice are transitioning from their roles as Affiliates to Fellows.
Nadia Eghbal (@nayafia) explores how we can better support open source software infrastructure, highlighting current gaps in funding and knowledge. She published "Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure" with support from the Ford Foundation. In this report, Nadia unpacks the unique challenges facing digital infrastructure, and how we might work together to address them. Nadia works at GitHub, where she focuses on developer experience. She is based in San Francisco.
Beatrice Martini (@beatricemartini) leads the Human Rights Technology program at Aspiration, a nonprofit connecting organizations, foundations and activists with software solutions, strategy and technology skills that help them better carry out their missions. She participates in open source technology initiatives and peer-learning projects as contributor, facilitator, advisor, and mentor. She also serves in a formal advisory role with The Center for Tech Cultivation. While at Open Knowledge International, she curated and organized the Open Knowledge Conference 2013 and Open Knowledge Festival 2014. Further information about her projects are available at beatricemartini.it.
photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk, flickr