December 13, 2020

To the Chief Information Officer, Chicago

On September 02, 2020, an agreement between the Chicago Police Department and Ring, an Amazon-backed video-doorbell security company, went into effect giving “cops access to thousands of cameras fixed to residents’ front doors around the city.” Chicago, the second-largest police department…


November 23, 2020

To the World Bank Group:

As a representative of the Ethiopia’s Communications Authority (ECA)[1], we humbly seek your support to launch a digital payments service. Our telecoms network is currently run by a single provider Ethio Telecom. Last year, we announced major plans for privatization, but progress…


November 23, 2020

To the World Bank Group,

As you consider how you might support Ethiopia’s efforts to achieve financial inclusion by supporting digital payments, on behalf of the People’s Technology Advocacy Group[1], we humbly request you to consider no action at this time. The World Bank is not tooled…


LastPass is an online application that provides a comprehensive solution for securing passwords. The question of whether the Harvard Kennedy School should mandate it can be analyzed by looking at three questions: (1) what the benefits and drawbacks of the application?; (2) what are the implementation challenges?; and (3) what…


To Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, Inc. and Alphabet, Inc.

This memo addresses certain trade-offs to consider from the perspective of Google, its developers, and users as we set policies for ourselves and third-party vendors who are interested in leveraging Gmail data. The Wall Street Journal’s coverage of how Unenroll.me…


KNET is the Kennedy School’s internal documents, information, and data management system hosted on Microsoft Share Point. For community members, the value is clear: access to years of knowledge filed away, a central repository to feature new content, and an overall time-saver while trying to access services. Without a doubt…


September 14, 2020

I was born and raised in Chicago, so when I moved to Toronto in 2015, little things about my experience made me just feel, “Wow, this is different.” I don’t mean the familiar tropes like Canadians say “sorry” a lot, Tim Hortons is a way of life…

Zul Kapadia

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