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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 72

April 24th, 2015

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
German newspapers Der Spiegel and Die Zeit reported that German intelligence (the BND) allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) “to spy on European — and German — companies and citizens”;
The French government and five major technology companies reached an agreement to “help speed the removal of extremist content from the Internet, and set up a permanent working group that will meet to discuss further cooperation”

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Data Collaboratives: Exchanging Data to Improve People’s Lives

April 22nd, 2015

New Medium Blog by Stefaan Verhulst and David Sangokoya, both at The GovLab: “In late July 2014, a sick passenger from Liberia traveled to Nigeria and brought the Ebola virus to Lagos, Africa’s largest city, with a population of 21 million. In response, government agencies, universities and hospitals collaborated with private telecommunications companies and healthcare organizations […]

Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

April 20th, 2015

Majorities hope that more transparency and data sharing by government will help journalists cover government and make officials more accountable, but very few think that government agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Open Patent Data: A Report on the Roundtable with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

April 20th, 2015

On December 8, 2014, representatives from companies, nonprofits, and academic institutions convened with USPTO staff and leadership for a dialogue facilitated by the GovLab on data issues and potential solutions. A summary of that meeting, prepared by a GovLab Team headed by Joel Gurin in a “Report of Findings from an Open Data Roundtable with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office” has now been released.

From the Classroom to the Community: A Student’s Journey post-Solving Public Problems Using Technology

April 17th, 2015

By: Laura E. Patterson Like many Millennials, I’ve always had an interest in creating a project that I believed could change the world in some small way. After graduation from undergrad, I accidentally ended up building a career in education, a field that I had an interest in, but I had always seen as a […]

Carl Malamud: How Citizens Can Force Governments to Change through Liberating our Data (at Scale!)

April 17th, 2015

At the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series, the GovLab hosted Carl Malamud, public domain advocate and founder of Public.Resource.org, a nonprofit organization that works to make government information more accessible. The talk centered on the role that citizens should play to free public information currently being held by government behind closed doors. His […]

Piotr Szpunar: The Problem of Internet Radicalization?

April 16th, 2015

Piotr Szpunar, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, shared his ongoing research on the topic of Internet radicalization during a GovLab Ideas Lunch in March . The issues addressed during the talk relate to the GovLab’s broader work on Internet governance and identifying strategies for a more effective Internet governance […]

Event: Will the “Internet of Things” Set Us Free or Lock Us Up?

April 15th, 2015

The Institute for Public Knowledge and The Governance Lab (GovLab) invite you to join us for a conversation with Philip Howard and Clive Thompson on Howard’s new book Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.

Sense About Science: Improving Access to Quality Scientific Information

April 15th, 2015

How safe are MMR vaccines, really? Will the highway next to my house increase my risk of asthma? How much of climate change is attributable to human activity? All of these questions have major implications for key public policy decisions, and for citizens to answer them confidently, they need to be able to receive and […]

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