“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
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