To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
Laura Manley is the inaugural Director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project at the Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Led by former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, the project aims to steer rapid technology-driven change in directions that serve net, long-term public good. Laura is also a Senior Consultant for the World Bank Group and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs.
Previously, Laura co-founded the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE) in Washington DC, which is a nonpartisan research organization that works with governments to leverage data for social and economic good. At CODE, she worked with over a dozen U.S. federal agencies on their data management strategies and with eight national governments on their digital economy policies and IT modernization efforts. She is also the lead author of the Open Data for Business Tool, which is a World Bank assessment methodology for private sector use of government data.
Laura is an Adjunct Professor at the NYU Wagner School of Public Policy, where she teaches Data for Social Innovation, Instructor at the Harvard University Extension School, teaching Data-Driven Decision Making for Business Leaders, and Associate Lecturer at Columbia University School for Professional Studies, teaching Open Data in the Applied Analytics Program.
Last Updated: Mar 19, 2019, 11:25am