Milano Students Harness Technology to Reduce Corruption

MAPPStudents Lena Simet (PhD Public and Urban Policy) and Thomas Disley (MA International Affairs) were featured on Fast Company for creating an app to track money spent on government-funded construction projects in the developing world. The M-App facilitates real-time monitoring and evaluation of road construction projects to maximize service delivery. 

 

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GPIA Student and Co-Founder of Open Data Kosovo Receives Funding for New Transparency Initiative

ODK-Logo-540x320Georges Labrèche, a student in the Graduate Program in International Affairs, is the Co-Founder and Chief Data Officer of Open Data Kosovo, an NGO that believes opening data is essential in establishing good governance, government transparency, and accountability. Recently, ODK received funding from the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) for a project focused on procurements at the municipal level. The project emphasizes youth engagement by organizing software development workshops for students in Computer Science and Software Engineering. In this manner, local youth work on data pertaining to their respective municipalities while gaining exposure to the problem of procurement fraud. The idea builds a link between strengthening their tech skills and understanding how they can use those skills for social good—in this case contributing to more transparency. Below, Georges describes how Open Data Kosovo grew out of his work on the International Field Program in Kosovo, and discusses what Open Data Kosovo is working on now.

In preparation the Kosovo International Field Program (IFP) during the summer of 2014 and with a background in tech, I read about Kosovo’s high internet penetration rate and the digital-awareness of 70% of the population. This high percentage of the tech-aware 20- and 30-something community in Kosovo triggered an entrepreneurial drive in me to check out the tech scene while I would be in Kosovo in order to assess if I could realistically get a start-up going. It was in the midst of researching Kosovo’s state-building process and its tech scene that I stumbled on what would become the subject of my thesis; digital diplomacy or, more distinctively, post-conflict, internationally-sponsored digital state-building. Most importantly however, the discovery of this phenomenon allowed me to embrace a truly multi-disciplinary vocation and escape a self-imposed dichotomy between a planned conclusion of my life as an engineer in favor of a dedication towards wherever a graduate degree in International Affairs would take me. Later that semester I embraced both worlds by writing a paper exploring the various interpretations of legal frameworks on the rule of armed conflict in cyber warfare.

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Urban Policy Alumna Sara Deconde

DeConde_PictureSara is a research and policy analyst for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Office of Grants and Research, Research and Policy Analysis Division, dedicated to the Massachusetts Results First Initiative. Massachusetts is a leader among 16 states partnering with the Pew Charitable Trusts and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to implement an innovative, cost-benefit approach to evidence-based policymaking. Previously, while earning her Master of Science in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at The New School – Milano, Sara conducted research for the Center for Court Innovation Misdemeanor Evidence-Based Assessment Project at the Bronx Criminal Court and Red Hook Community Justice Center. She has also held posts at a legal nonprofit organization and public defenders office. Sara attended St. Lawrence University and her research interests include: problem-solving justice, racial equity, access to counsel, prisoners’ rights, and juvenile justice.

Sara graduated from Milano in 2013.

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Run For The New School Student Senate And Represent NSPE!

10991525_966982913320450_8076359156018456440_oDear NSPE Students
 
We would like to encourage everyone to apply for the University Student Senate elections this Spring. Participating in the student senate is a valuable experience for anyone who would like to gain practical experience in political policy, organizational management, [anger management] and extracurricular engagement, while improving services and student engagement at the New School. The University Student Senate supports student initiatives and liaises between students, faculty and the administration in an open forum. 
 
We encourage students from all Schools of Public Engagement to apply to represent their fellow students in the senate.  
School of Writing
School of Languages
School of Media Studies
Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
 
Applications are due this Thursday April 30 at 11PM through the USS website/Elections. Voting will start on Monday May 4th and run until Saturday at noon
 
Please do contact any of the current NSPE Senators or the NSPE Student Government Founding Students:
 
Simon Henschel Henss376@newschool.edu
 

Good Luck!

Urban Policy Alum Drew Curtis quoted in New York Times

the-new-york-times-logoDrew Curtis, Urban Policy ’10, is the director of the Ironbound Community Corporation, a local nonprofit in Newark, New Jersey. Ironbound Community Corporation’s mission is to engage and empower individuals, families and groups in realizing their aspirations and, together, work to create a just, vibrant and sustainable community.

A former steel plant in the Ironbound section of Newark is being replaced with a giant custom-built complex for AeroFarms, a company producing herbs and vegetables in an indoor, vertical environment. This month Drew Curtis was featured in the New York Times discussing the legacy of pollution in the area of Newark where this vertical farm will be located.

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