The Atlantic | March 17, 2017 | By Emma Green
Highly educated immigrants from South Asia have often been able to live comfortably in America. With a new wave of hate crimes, that’s changing. Manik Suri is the archetypical overachiever from an Indian American family. The 34-year-old runs a start-up in Silicon Valley. He speaks four languages. He’s got two Ivy League degrees. And yet, when the windows at an Indian restaurant near his house were shot out late February, along with those of an Eritrean place nearby, he felt shaken. Read more here.
The American Bar Association Journal | September 2016 | By Terry Carter, Lorelei Laird, Victor Li and Stephanie Francis Ward
In September 2016, the American Bar Association (ABA) recognized Manik Suri one of its 10 annual “Legal Rebels.” The Legal Rebel recognition celebrates women and men who are remaking their corners of the legal profession. The ABA Journal and its readers have found ample evidence of innovative thinking and forward action. The article highlights Manik’s efforts to improve public health and safety by modernizing how both industry and government work. Read more here.
CodeX: Stanford University Center for Legal Informatics | March 5, 2015 | By Manik Suri
As anyone who rents an apartment, runs a restaurant, or owns a gym knows, there are a lot of rules on the books. These regulations can be difficult to navigate. MeWe’s mission is to simplify the law in order to help businesses and empower individuals. MeWe builds mobile software that helps businesses simplify compliance in the food and housing industries. In February 2015, MeWe was selected as one of 10 legal tech startups invited to exhibit at LegalTech New York, the largest law and technology trade show in the nation. Read more here.
Harvard Data-Smart City Solutions | February 25, 2015
The Data-Smart City Solutions initiative at Harvard Kennedy School published an interview with MeWe’s CEO, Manik Suri, as part of a series on “the new faces of public-private collaboration.” Read more here.
MeWe Blog | July 8, 2014 | By Manik Suri
At MeWe, we’re building lightweight, easy-to-use tools to help citizens and cities work together more effectively. We are a team of entrepreneurs and engineers passionate about improving how communities works — in order to make individuals’ lives better.
Food, housing, and building inspections are critical to public safety. Yet public and private sector inspectors struggle to enforce legal codes due to limited resources and inefficient paper-and-pencil workflow. Our product, “MeWe CoInspect,” is a workflow tool that leverages the power of mobile technologies and the crowd to make inspections easier, faster, and better. Read more about our work here.
MeWe Blog | July 1, 2014 | By Manik Suri
In early 2013, I joined former US Chief Technology Officer Beth Noveck to co-found a civic innovation platform called The Governance Lab (GovLab), aimed at using technology to transform governing institutions and improve individuals’ lives. Our motley crew of founders included a serial tech entrepreneur, a statistics professor, and a policy wonk. We envisioned the GovLab’s efforts spanning open government, open data, and civic technology. Over the next few months, we set up a center at New York University and recruited a rockstar team of thinker-doers to launch three initiatives: Research, Academy, and Living Labs. Read the full piece here.
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University | Interoperability Case Studies | August 15, 2013 | By Manik Suri
Open311 is a state-of-the-art technology platform that provides a uniform base to expand existing “311” services, which provide information tracking and monitoring in cities around the world. Over the past decade, these 311 services have allowed cities to respond to millions of citizen-generated inputs, creating better and smarter governance. This paper applies “interoperability” theory to consider the promises and perils of Open311, explaining how we can unlock the full potential of this powerful civic technology platform in the future. Read the full piece here.
Harvard Law and Policy Review | Volume 7, No. 2: Summer 2013 | By Manik Suri
Debate over whether law can, and indeed should, constrain presidential power is as old as the Republic. This article claims that liberal legalists, who adopt a consequentialist “Holmesian” view of the law, ignore the possibility that law – as an internalized normative commitment or duty – can restrain the executive. This alternative “Hartian” view may help explain how laws constrain presidential power at key moments in history. Recognizing the difficulty in establishing causation, the article nonetheless concludes that much is at stake in how we frame the relationship between law and the executive. Read the full piece here.
Harvard National Security Journal | March 25, 2013 | By Gerard Kennedy, Innokenty Pyetranker, and Manik Suri
American courtrooms are now one of the hottest battlefields in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. In recent months, U.S. federal courts have issued several opinions that offer insights into one particularly significant area of terrorism-related jurisprudence: civil suits against financial institutions that allegedly support terrorist groups. Two such opinions issued by the Second Circuit, Linde v. Arab Bank, PLC and Rothstein v. UBS AG, merit special attention because of their far-reaching implications. Read the full piece here.
Harvard International Law Journal | Volume 54, Issue 1: Winter 2013 | By Manik Suri
Immanuel Kant’s 1795 essay, “Toward Perpetual Peace,” established a concept of cosmopolitan law as the nemesis of war, instilling in generations of liberal thinkers and practitioners a vision of a world without conflict. Kant’s paradigm posited that “republican constitutions, a commercial spirit of international trade, and a federation of interdependent republics” would provide the basis for a “perpetual peace” amongst states bound together under international law. Yet cultural relativists since the time of Kant have argued that only certain nations – namely those with a “Europeanized” culture – are capable of coming together to secure this lasting peace. This article challenges such claims and assesses the contemporary relevance of Kant’s ‘perpetual peace’ in light of one of the key geopolitical developments of our time: the rise of China. Read the full piece here.