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Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump

January 2017

Please join us for a panel discussion on Presidential Secrecy from Washington to Trump with Norman Eisen and Mary Graham, moderated by Archon Fung.

Date: Monday, February 6th, 2017, 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: John F. Kennedy Jr Forum, 79 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

About the speakers:
Norman Eisen, Fellow, the Brookings Institution. Special Assistant and Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, 2009-2011. US Ambassador to the Czech Republic (2011-2014).

Mary Graham, Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School. Author of "Presidents' Secrets: The Use and Abuse of Hidden Power" (Yale Univesity Press, 2017).

Archon Fung
, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Academic Dean, Harvard Kennedy School, Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project.


Fung discusses Hard Truths About Disclosure in NYT's Sunday Review

January 2012

Archon Fung, co-director of the Transparency Policy Project, is quoted in Elisabeth Rosenthal's piece "Hard Truths about Disclosure" in The New York Times Sunday Review (January 21, 2012). Fung emphasizes that effective disclosure is based upon clear, actionable information, stating: I’d like to see an effort toward prioritizing what information is really important and then some effort in providing the data in a way that is simple and effective.


A call to open GPS data for Boston's school buses

January 2012

Francisca Rojas, research director at the Transparency Policy Project (TPP), and David Luberoff, executive director of Harvard's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, published an op-ed in the Boston Globe titled "Tardy school buses? There's an app for that" on January 10, 2012. Rojas and Luberoff call for Boston's public schools to make information about the location of its buses available to parents, students, teachers and principals as a way to improve the system's problem of late buses. The argument for this "open data" strategy is based on TPP's research findings on the outcomes of public transit agencies' release of bus and train locations to the public.


Details behind food labels revealed.

January 2011

Upon scanning the bar code on food packaging, Fooducate, a free iphone app, will highlight additives, offer alternatives, compare similar products, and provide a letter grade. More information.