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  • Science, Technology and Data

    Interview with Daniel Dennett: AI, Free Will, and the Future of Humankind


    HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor Chacier Alexander held a joint interview with Symbiotic CEO Riccardo Di Molfetta and cognitive scientist Dr. Daniel Dennett on his perspectives on the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, the challenge of aligning advanced AI systems with human values, and whether AI consciousness or free will would be functionally different from their biological counterparts. 

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  • Gender, Race and Identity

    Women and AI: Overcoming Potential Bias and Optimizing the Best of Both Worlds


    Women and girls are essential to the efficiency of AI’s future. In order to optimize the full unique capabilities of AI, it is important that the full range and spectrum of women is represented at the different stages of AI development to deploy optimal AI solutions and efficiencies to address societal challenges and ultimately achieve social and economic progress.

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  • International Relations and Security

    Interview with Karen Donfried: Russia-Ukraine War


    On April 12, 2024, HKS Student Policy Review Senior Editor John McQuillan spoke with Karen Donfried, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Global Governance on Impact Investing and Accounting: A Strategy for Developing Global Standards


Impact investing can be a game changer in solving social problems. Yet, the lack of impact accounting standards enables investors without any social impact to disguise themselves as “impact investors” to improve the image of the company.

Business and Regulation

The Cross-Border Interoperability of National Digital Payment Systems as a Gateway to Economic Development


Enhanced coordination and cooperation between governments, financial regulatory bodies, central banks, and other industry stakeholders is needed to implement the vision of integrating national digital payment systems.

Development and Economic Growth

How Can Nigeria Divert Remittance Flows to Formal Channels?


Remittances play an instrumental role in Nigeria’s economy, yet, an estimated 50% of remittances are channeled through informal networks. Newly proposed strategies can enhance Nigeria’s remittance flows through formal channels.

Business and Regulation

Reviving Comstock: Unveiling the Anti-Abortion Strategy in Post-Roe America


The Comstock Act is a significant impediment to reproductive freedom and access to safe, effective abortions. Pro-choice stakeholders must recognize the urgency of addressing this outdated legislation that uses 1800s social standards to regulate the bodies of people in 2024.

Advocacy and Social Movements

American States Are Quietly Embracing the ‘Baby Bonds’ Revolution to Fight Inequality


As inequality rises because of the combined curse of growing inherited wealth and the perpetuation of the generational transmission of poverty, baby bonds appear to be a powerful tool to tackle one of the major challenges of the 21st century.

Poverty, Inequality and Opportunity

The Volunteer Sector’s Looming Crisis


Governments need to get creative and make it easier for people to volunteer, as volunteer-driven organizations play vital roles in building great communities.

Cities and Communities