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”
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 […]
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.
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
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 […]
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, 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 […]
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.
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 […]