Dole Institute of Politics announces Visiting Fellow Katie Harbath

October 20, 2023 - News

LAWRENCE – The Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas announces an opportunity to engage with Visiting Fellow Katie Harbath. On Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., the Dole Institute of Politics will host Harbath to discuss her extensive knowledge of technology and democracy in regards to next year’s upcoming elections. Harbath’s visit is the first as a result of the new partnership between the Dole Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center to bring the nation’s top policy experts to campus to engage with students and the community.

Harbath is a global leader at the center of elections, democracy, and technology. In her role as Chief Executive of Anchor Change, she helps clients navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of tech policy. Harbath is also a senior advisor for technology and democracy at the International Republican Institute and serves as a fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Integrity Institute, and a nonresidential fellow at the Atlantic Council.

Previously, Harbath spent over 10 years as public policy director at Facebook where she built and led global teams that managed elections and helped government and political figures use the social network to connect with their constituents. These teams developed and implemented policies and products that amplified transparency, integrity, and participation in the digital space.

Harbath has a passion for democracy and uses her leadership position to empower citizens and strengthen institutions through technology. She further exemplifies this through her weekly newsletter on Substack, “Anchor Change” and her podcast, “Impossible Tradeoffs.”
Technology and democracy are at a crossroads. Next year will be a rollercoaster with an unprecedented number of elections worldwide and technology will have the power to empower or divide people. For her presentation on November 9, Whirlwind: What to Expect for Digital Democracy in 2024, Harbath will discuss the impact of new technologies such as AI, the implementation of new regulations, and a breakdown of what to expect in the upcoming elections.

The Dole Institute was dedicated on July 22, 2003, at the University of Kansas on Senator Bob Dole’s 80th birthday. Home to the personal archives of both Senator Bob and Senator Elizabeth Dole, with a museum facility on par with the U.S. Presidential libraries, the Dole Institute has been a vibrant political forum promoting civil discourse, civic engagement, and idea exchange across the political spectrum for 20 years.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a mission-focused organization helping policymakers work across party lines to craft bipartisan solutions. By connecting Republicans and Democrats, delivering data and context, negotiating public policy, and creating space for bipartisan collaboration, BPC helps turn legislators’ best ideas into durable laws that improve lives. Since 2007, the Bipartisan Policy Center has helped shepherd countless bills across the finish line.

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