CISSM Forum | May 09, 2013

"Can Democracy Survive Big Data?"

by Lorelei Kelly, Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Lorelei is a research fellow with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. She is piloting approaches to re-engineer how knowledge is shared with Congress, including the adoption of new technologies and innovations for local civic engagement. Lorelei formerly directed the New Strategic Security Initiative — educating Americans and elected leaders about security in an interconnected world.  In 2009, she created the Afghanistan Congressional Communications Hub, an information service about the non military aspects of US and coalition engagement in Afghanistan. 

Her interest in the architecture and practice of democracy began at Stanford University’s Center on International Conflict and Negotiation where she also taught Peace Studies. Lorelei focused on National Security and Congress as a Senior Associate at the Henry L. Stimson Center, an independent think tank in Washington, DC. In 1998, together with retired Oregon Congresswoman Elizabeth Furse, she founded and led Security for a New Century, a bipartisan study group to support expert and practitioner knowledge sharing on foreign policy and defense issues in both the House and Senate.

More recently, she directed the Real Security Initiative at the White House Project, a national communications and training network dedicated to women's leadership. In 2008, she co-founded The Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation (now Progressivecongress.org) Lorelei has lived outside the U.S., is a certified mediator and a civil-military specialist. After receiving a Grinnell College bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree at Stanford University, she attended the Air Command and Staff College of the U.S. Air Force. She writes for The Huffington Post and has co-authored two books, Policy Matters: Educating Congress on Peace and Security and A Woman's Guide to Talking About War and Peace. Both are free online.