Author Archives: briefpolicyperspectives

Computer Vision and the Energy Sector

Charles Landau, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Image recognition and computer vision have come a long way in recent years. Computers and Artificial Intelligence tools have gotten better at identifying all kinds of objects, from people to road signs to hot dogs, but these new technologies can also be used to connect customers with opportunities […]

Cash Bail and Poverty

Kelly Straub, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives On average, 730,000 people are held in jail each day, a number that tripled in the past 25 years. Many have not been convicted of a crime, but are awaiting trial, sentencing, or arraignment. Nearly 40% of the current jail population is being held because they cannot afford […]

GW WonkCast S3E13-2: Protecting Personal Information

How can data breaches be prevented? Learn about cybersecurity policy with this week’s #wonkywednesday guest, GW Masters student Jacob Biesieda. Jacob runs DCrypted, a cybersecurity podcast for the everyday American which seeks to educate the general public about cyber issues that face us today. He is also part of the GW branch of the CyberCorps program. […]

GW WonkCast S3E13-1: Below the Fold: Medicare Legislation and Proposed Changes to Immigration Policy

In this Below the Fold, first learn about “Choose Medicare” legislation by Senators Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Jeff Merkley of Oregon that would allow individuals and businesses to purchase Medicare plans. Next, learn about a proposal from the Department of Homeland Security to add a public charge to immigration applicants, meaning a charge in the […]

Necessary Force: How California Seeks to Save Lives with One Word

Elizabeth Sherwood, MPA, Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives From Ferguson to Sacramento, fatal police shootings are becoming more frequently discussed. Tensions between police and constituents, particularly in minority communities, are not new, but protests and calls for action over the recent high profile incidents of police violence are gaining momentum. The movement is also influencing policy; […]

GW WonkCast S3E12-2: Above the Fold: U.S. and North Korea Status Update

For the last Above the Fold of the semester, co-Host Erik LaDue and MPP Abigail Johnson join WRGW News anchor Robert O’Shaughnessy to discuss the latest developments between the U.S. and North Korea. The administration made a historic announcement in March when it announced President Trump would meet with North Korean leader Kim John Un. Since […]

GW WonkCast S3E12-1: Leadership and Teamwork

What makes a good boss? This week’s guest MPA Megan Mattson tells what research says makes an effective manager. Listen for leadership advice, how to use evidence-based management, and applications like whether pay for performance really works. Episode touches on both the private and public sectors. Erik LaDue moderates joined by co-Hosts Katherine Lundie and […]