March 11, 2014 – Hilary Oliva Faxon
In the era of the internet, it’s easy to take information for granted: both its availability and its accuracy. For example:
In .55 seconds I know the population of Myanmar, along with its geographic location and borders. Or do I? This month Myanmar, also known as Burma, launches its first census in 30 years. For a nation in the midst of massive political and economic transition, not to mention decades old border conflicts, gathering accurate population data is far from straightforward.
Controversy around Myanmar’s census centers on ethnic identification. The census uses a list of 135 ethnic groups formulated in the 1980s – not the brightest time in the nation’s history – that has been widely criticized as limited and inaccurate. Certain groups are mistakenly listed as sub-groups of other ethnicities; others are lumped together or left off completely. Many have been campaigning for independence, autonomy, and/or recognition for a half-century. Mislabeling and miscounting endangers their chances for political representation within Myanmar and fundamental right to self-identification. Various groups, ethnic and international, have called for census postponement and revision. Meanwhile, the government has begun early enumeration in some border regions while others – sites … Read More »
This post was originally published in the Global Anticorruption Blog, an exciting new initiative by Harvard Law School professor, and LIDS mentor, Matthew Stephenson. Six current and former LIDS members–Rajarshi Banerjee, Daniel Holman, Maryum Jordan, Meng Lu, Philip Underwood, and Colette van der Ven–are contributors to the Blog. LIDS Live will post brief introductions to their posts, and direct you to the Blog to read the rest.
By Rajarshi Banerjee
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had frozen about $458 million in corruption proceeds that former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha and his conspirators allegedly embezzled from Nigeria’s central bank, laundered through U.S. financial institutions, and deposited in bank accounts around the world. The freeze is a first step in the DOJ’s largest-ever forfeiture action under its recent Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative (KARI). There is much to say about this development, but the question that most immediately comes to my mind (and likely many Nigerians’ minds) is: What will the DOJ do with all this money? Continue reading on the Global Anticorruption Blog →
The Harvard Gazette has written a piece on our International Women’s Day exhibit at Harvard Law School (which runs until March 13). The piece features Maria Parra-Orlandoni, our co-Vice President of Communications, who nominated Dana H. Born, a lecturer at the Kennedy School and retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General, for the exhibit. The article also quotes LIDS co-President Becky Wolozin, one of the exhibit’s extraordinary organizers, on what inspired her to put together this initiative. (Click on this post’s headline to see a link to the article.)