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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

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

Event Recap | AgriTechAction 2020

On Tuesday, November 17 the GeoTech Center hosted AgriTechAction 2020, a three-day conference that explored the relationship between agriculture and technology, with the goal for future solutions to food security challenges to be accessible and sustainable for all. In the conference, experts and leaders in agriculture, technology, and national security came together to discuss and help guide the further deployment of data and technology in agriculture; specifically in food production, processing, distribution, security, efficiency, and sustainability

Event Recap by Borja Prado, Claire Branley

Climate Change & Climate Action Inclusive Growth

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Launching the New Economy of Trust Newsletter

In partnership with SICPA and its project to open a Campus for the Economy of Trust, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center is pleased to launch the new Economy of Trust newsletter. This newsletter will highlight advances in technology and data activities that provide the opportunity to improve nations and sectors alike, centered around building trust and more transparent frameworks. While it may feel like the last decade has been a period of widening polarization and mistrust within societies, both SICPA and the Atlantic Council's GeoTech Center believe we can reverse this trend and build resiliency into organizations and societies.

GeoTech Cues by GeoTech Center

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Nikhil Raghuveera is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and a Project Manager at the Equal Justice Initiative. His research focuses on the intersection of technology, social inequality, and systems of oppression.

Previously, Nikhil was an economic consultant at Cornerstone Research and founded Telos Analysis, an organization which paired pro bono consultants to international nonprofits. He has also served on the Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and supported the nonprofit’s work on racial and economic justice. More recently, Nikhil 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, an early-stage venture capital fund focusing on minority and women founders in the United States.

Nikhil graduated with an MBA/MPA from The Wharton School and the Harvard Kennedy School. In graduate school, he focused his studies on racial justice, social movements, and technology policy. At Harvard, he was involved with the Economic Diplomacy Initiative, in which he studied the future of digital currency and geopolitics. He also served as an Associate Editor of The Citizen, the official newspaper of the Harvard Kennedy School. At Wharton, Nikhil was the Co-President of the Wharton Social Impact Club. 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.

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