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Wed, Jun 30, 2021

Raghuveera with the Turkish Heritage Organization: A discussion on cryptocurrency at the global scale

In a recent discussion with with the Turkish Heritage Organization, Nikhil Raghuveera highlights the geopolitical implications of cryptocurrencies and central bank digital currencies (CBDC). He explains the three ways blockchain technology affects foreign policy and global alliances. First, CBDC creates the opportunity for a separate payment system from the US dollar, which provides countries like China more political power and the ability to bypass US sanctions. Second, the lack of a standard regulatory framework around digital assets domestically and internationally exposes consumers to cyberattacks and financial risks. Third, many new applications will build upon existing decentralized financial technologies, which will require new international partnerships and relations. In order to create a more equitable world, Raghuveera advocates for the inclusion of marginalized communities and a broader consideration of stakeholders when creating these new technologies and subsequent regulatory policies.

GeoTech Cues by the GeoTech Center

Digital Currencies Technology & Innovation

Wed, Mar 24, 2021

In the news: Nikhil Raghuveera on decentralized technology to protect democracy

Nonresident Senior Fellow Nikhil Raghuveera on why it is imperative we adopt decentralized technology, alongside sensible privacy regulations, to protect democracies around the globe.

In the News by GeoTech Center

Digital Policy Technology & Innovation

Fri, Dec 18, 2020

Pretrial risk assessment tools must be directed toward an abolitionist vision

The United States criminal justice system is increasingly turning to risk assessment tools in pretrial hearings—before a defendant is convicted of a crime—as well as in sentencing procedures. Risk assessment tools give judges a numerical metric that indicates a pretrial defendant’s risk of failing to appear in court, or threat to the community prior to their pretrial hearing. Judges set bail based on this tool. Facing an incredibly high volume of pretrial detainees, risk assessment tools are designed to help quickly and effectively determine pretrial detention and ease courts’ burdens. To truly address the failures of the criminal justice system, however, public sector leaders must:

GeoTech Cues by Nikhil Raghuveera and Hannah Biggs

Digital Policy Inclusive Growth

Nikhil Raghuveera is a joint nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech and GeoEconomics Centers and a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. He is co-founder and partner at Pari, a peer-to-peer video-calling startup. Nikhil also cohosts Untying Knots, a podcast series published by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center. His expertise is on decentralized technology and the intersection of technology, social inequality, and systems of oppression.

Most recently, Nikhil was a Project Manager at the Equal Justice Initiative where he supported the racial justice nonprofit’s partnership efforts. Previously, he worked on Celo, a crypto fintech platform aiming to bring financial services to unbanked communities across the world. Additionally, he has experience in venture capital at Harlem Capital Partners and economic consulting at Cornerstone Research. 

Nikhil graduated with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. In graduate school, he focused his studies on racial justice, social movements, and technology policy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science from Emory University where he wrote his senior thesis on how political violence can be used to create the conditions for democracy.