How states are experimenting with digital political advertising regulation: Interview with Campaign Legal Center’s Erin Chlopak

The Special Counsel’s long-awaited report on Russian election interference confirms that a central feature of Russia’s influence campaign was widespread dissemination of divisive political content online, including digital ads that explicitly supported or attacked presidential candidates. Unsurprisingly, Russia did not disclose its political ad spending to federal regulators or the American public. Instead, Russia exploited…

Rwanda shows the world the future of cooling

On Monday, the government of Rwanda hosted a group of environmental experts, philanthropists, business leaders, and government representatives to mark the adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. Sixty-seven countries ratified the amendment—named after the place of its adoption, Kigali, Rwanda—to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, chemicals used…

Bridging generational and partisan divides in Congress: Q&A with Millennial Action Project President Steven Olikara

When the 116th Congress was sworn in earlier this month, it included a record 26 millennial representatives according to Pew Research Center’s definition, which includes members born between 1981 and 1996. This is almost five times the number of millennial representatives in the House in the last Congress. Steven Olikara is the founder and president…

How arts organizations are growing the audiences of tomorrow

It’s a typical Wednesday evening at SPiN: the rock music is blaring, the drinks are flowing, and the balls are flying. The only unusual thing about this particular night at the trendy ping-pong bar in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood is the dancing. The place is packed with young artists from the San Francisco…

Building a strong infrastructure for arts and culture organizations in Oakland

Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo Vanessa Camarena-Arredondo is a program officer at Akonadi Foundation, an Oakland, California-based funder focused on racial justice. Her role includes managing the Beloved Community Fund, which supports free public art and cultural events rooted in Oakland’s communities of color. We spoke with her about her work, including a recently launched pilot effort to strengthen…

How more conflict could fix Congress: Q&A with R Street Institute’s James Wallner

James Wallner is a senior fellow at R Street Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization that promotes free markets and limited, effective government. R Street Institute’s work is supported in part by grants from the Hewlett Foundation’s Madison Initiative that seeks to strengthen U.S. democracy and in particular, Congress. Daniel Stid, director of 

Lifting up new voices in tech policy: Four questions for Susan Hennessey

The Hewlett Foundation’s Cyber Initiative aims to build a field of institutions—staffed by experts diverse in background, experience, and perspective—that can develop solutions to pressing policy challenges. One challenge faced by this nascent field is its notorious lack of diversity, which is both reinforced by and reflected in events and news coverage worldwide. The recent 

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