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The GovLab and UNICEF Launch Responsible Data for Children (RD4C) Initiative

November 21st, 2019

By Andrew J. Zahuranec and Andrew Young Thirty years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is now the most widely ratified treaty in the world. The world has achieved enormous progress in achieving the treaty’s goals, but new threats have emerged. Today’s children are […]

Solving Public Problems with Collective Intelligence: how institutions and crowds can work together

November 19th, 2019

By Matt Ryan, Senior Fellow, The GovLab Beth Simone Noveck, Director, The GovLab Peter Baeck, Head of the Center for Collective Intelligence Design, Nesta Around the globe there is increasing recognition that the traditional ways of solving public problems are insufficient for the challenges of the 21st century.  Political leaders, policy makers and service providers at […]

Making Women and Girls Data Visible: The GovLab and Data2X Facilitate Event on Big Data and Gender

November 15th, 2019

By Andrew J. Zahuranec, Michelle Winowatan, and Stefaan Verhulst Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly made achieving gender equality a Sustainable Development Goal, a global priority to achieve by 2030. Today, with only a decade remaining, the need for high-quality data to measure progress is more important than ever. The lack of gender-disaggregated […]

New Report: “Leveraging Private Data for Public Good”

October 31st, 2019

By Andrew J. Zahuranec and Michelle Winowatan A new decade is on the horizon and, with it, an opportunity to revisit old practices and embrace new ones. For data-driven organizations looking for new ways to work more openly, effectively, and legitimately, much of this reflection has centered on data collaboration. Coined by The GovLab in […]

Linked democracy: Foundations, Tools and Applications

October 21st, 2019

By Marta Poblet — Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, Pompeu Casanovas — La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel — Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain   In May 1989, Tim Berners-Lee shared a paper with colleagues at CERN that proposed “hypertext” as a solution to address the problem of “information loss.” As he […]

Audrey Tang for The New York Times: A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy

October 17th, 2019

This article was written by Audrey Tang, the Digital Minister of Taiwan, and was originally published in The New York Times on October 15, 2019. Democracy improves as more people participate. And digital technology remains one of the best ways to improve participation — as long as the focus is on finding common ground and creating […]

NEW REPORT: Identifying Citizens’ Needs by Combining Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Collective Intelligence (CI)

October 3rd, 2019

Identifying Citizens’ Needs by Combining AI and CI Around the world, public leaders are seeking new ways to better understand the needs of their citizens, and subsequently improve governance, and how we solve public problems. The approaches proposed toward changing public engagement tend to focus on leveraging two innovations. The first involves artificial intelligence (AI), […]

Raw data won’t solve our problems – asking the right questions will

September 5th, 2019

This article was written by Stefaan G. Verhulst, co-founder of The GovLab, for Apolitical.  “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the questions, and only five minutes finding the answers,” is a famous aphorism attributed to Albert Einstein. Behind this quote is an important insight about human […]

Reinventing how the public service works

August 28th, 2019

This article was written by Maria Katsonis, Research Editor, The Mandarin. It was originally published on The Mandarin on August 20, 2019. There is a pervasive sense that governments are not doing as well as they should to solve our biggest policy problems. This failure to meet our most pressing challenges with yesterday’s public sector toolkit is […]

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