The Cornell Roosevelt Institute is Cornell University's premier student-run think tank that empowers students by providing them with a platform to publish and circulate their policy ideas. Members write policy proposals and op-eds for publication and contribute to political advocacy and outreach projects. Through Cornell Roosevelt's affiliation with the Roosevelt Network, a nation-wide network of over 140 universities, student policy proposals are also eligible for national publication.
By Franklin Zheng January 17, 2022
Front and center at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow were urgent messages to abide by emissions pledges. With development underway of new satellite technologies to monitor and identify countries’ emissions, it may soon be possible to further increase transparency and encourage compliance with these pledges.
By Dana Gong January 17, 2022
With the increasing importance and recognition of data ownership, the law has fallen behind rapid technological changes. Therefore, new policies must radically change the technology landscape seen today. A promising example is the Data Cooperative Model, which aims to increase collaborative governance of consumer data.
By Julia Willett January 16, 2022
The United States currently faces widespread drug misuse and overdose. However, criminalizing drug possession and use is largely ineffective at breaking the cycle of abuse and even less effective at solving the larger public health crisis. Instead, tougher punishments build upon a history of mass incarceration and racially-biased policy while overburdening the U.S. prison system. Per the lead of other countries, decriminalization would allow for addiction to be treated as a health problem instead of a crime and, by focusing on rehabilitation, social and economic benefits would follow through centralized drug regulation and a reduced prison population.
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