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Structural Reform and Governance

We work to ensure a more representative democracy that delivers results for all Americans through our government, courts, and in new digital town squares.

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What We're Doing

Encouraging professional diversity on the federal bench

Despite recent historic gains, professional diversity on the federal appellate courts is severely lacking, with significant implications for the legal expertise underlying judges’ decisions. Our analysis identifies policy proposals to improve the pipeline for judicial diversity.

Advancing voting rights and countering election sabotage

With states introducing hundreds of bills to disenfranchise voters, new federal election standards are vitally needed. Our research makes the case for these standards and shows how the Freedom to Vote Act would counter state laws seeking to suppress voter turnout and sabotage valid election results.

Addressing social media’s threat to our democracy

In the wake of widespread disinformation about the 2020 general election, social media companies must modify their products and policies to mitigate threats to democratic legitimacy and public safety. We identify concrete steps that could help address health and election-related disinformation.

 

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Facebook was key to the Trump insurrection In the News

Facebook was key to the Trump insurrection

Author Adam Conner explains how Facebook was an essential tool in Donald Trump's attempts to delegitimize the 2020 election and stoke violence among the January 6 Capitol insurrectionists, and his actions are clear grounds for his permanent removal from the platform.

Adam Conner

Farewell to the Frictionless President In the News

Farewell to the Frictionless President

Adam Conner marks the end of what he describes as a "frictionless" presidency and describes how Donald Trump was able to use Twitter uninhibited, from spreading disinformation to firing Senate-confirmed officials.

Adam Conner

The case for disbarring Rudy Giuliani, other Trump lawyers—and even some lawmakers In the News

The case for disbarring Rudy Giuliani, other Trump lawyers—and even some lawmakers

Author Maggie Jo Buchanan makes the case for disbarring Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump's lawyers, and lawmakers who were complicit in the former president's efforts to overturn the election, arguing that professional repercussions are necessary in order for the legal profession's codes of conduct to have any meaning.

Maggie Jo Buchanan

Why a very conservative Supreme Court will be bad for business In the News

Why a very conservative Supreme Court will be bad for business

Author Stephanie Wylie warns corporations that even if the Supreme Court allows them to operate with more freedom, it is in their best interests to develop a more stakeholder-centered mindset to business.

Stephanie Wylie

States Must Act Now To Fortify Elections Against Coronavirus In the News

States Must Act Now To Fortify Elections Against Coronavirus

Danielle Root outlines steps that states should take to ensure elections are secure and accessible in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Danielle Root

The Case for a Progressive Vision on Tech Policy In the News

The Case for a Progressive Vision on Tech Policy

Author Adam Conner makes the case for a progressive approach to technology policy, arguing that the federal government needs to address the mounting risks, challenges, and inequalities that technology has created.

Adam Conner

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