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The Smarter State Case Studies: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing

February 11th, 2016

A set of case studies examining how public institutions are using technologies of expertise www.thegovlab.org/smarterstate Just as individuals use only part of their brainpower to solve most problems, governing institutions make far too little use of the skills and experience of those inside and outside of government with scientific credentials, practical skills, and ground-level street […]

Launch of Research Consortium on the Impact of Open Government Processes

February 8th, 2016

(Cross-posted from The World Bank) Consortium members Mounting anecdotal evidence supports the case for open government. Sixty-nine national governments and counting have signed on as participants in the Open Government Partnership, committing to rethinking the way they engage with citizens, while civil society organizations (CSOs) are increasingly demanding and building mechanisms for this shift.Yet even […]

A crowdmap of 1000 + Internet Governance actors – Composition and Trends

February 8th, 2016

Internet governance may seem like an arcane topic, but it affects at least 3.29 billion people around the world (the total number of Internet users, according to Internet Live Stats). In fact, Internet governance is arguably relevant to a far larger number of people: the way in which issues like access, cost and digital security […]

The European Food Safety Authority Looks to Study the Impact of Crowdsourcing Food Risk Assessment

February 3rd, 2016

On World Food Day in October 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), announced that it would “explore the future challenges and the latest thinking and techniques on openness that will assist the organization in moving beyond dialogue towards sustainable stakeholder interaction.”[1] The initiative from the advisory body mandated to perform risk assessment, provide scientific […]

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Join us at the International Data Responsibility Conference, 2016 – The Hague

February 1st, 2016

​On February 19th, the International Data Responsibility Group (IDRG), of which The GovLab is a founding member, will host the second annual International Data Responsibility Conference in The Hague, NL. The IDRG is a global network of experts and organisations working on the principles and standards needed to guide the Data Revolution in the context […]

Open Data Is Changing the World in Four Ways…

January 25th, 2016

New repository of case studies documents the impact of open data globally odimpact.org Despite global commitments to and increasing enthusiasm for open data, little is actually known about its use and impact. What kinds of social and economic transformation has open data brought about, and what is its future potential? How—and under what circumstances—has it […]

Data Collaboratives for Official Statistics

January 12th, 2016

Joint OECD – PARIS21 Workshop – “Access to New Data Sources for Statistics: Business Models for Private-Public Partnerships” On December 18th 2015, the Data Governance Project (DGP)[1] was part of an OECD/Paris21 event organized in Paris on the use of new data sources for official statistics. Leiden’s DGP lead Jos Berens presented the decision flow tool, […]

The Innovation the Grantmaking Process Needs

January 12th, 2016

By Beth Simone Noveck and Andrew Young Cross-posted from Governing The way governments give out money to solve problems is stuck in the past. Challenge.gov, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this fall, is a federal website that showcases requests by government agencies for the public to tackle hard problems in exchange for cash prizes and other […]

Playful Yet Powerful: Colorful Artworks on Display at the GovLab Echo the Organization’s Message

December 21st, 2015

Cross-posted from NYU Tandon School of Engineering   The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering uses technology and science to transform governance, and now the organization’s offices are undergoing a transformation of their own, with the installation of two large and striking pieces of art. Each piece was donated by an artist who had […]

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