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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 40

August 29th, 2014

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: This week the NETmundial Initiative launched at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. The Initiative is intended to “contribute to the broader international effort to advance multistakeholder Internet governance on the basis of the NETmundial principles”; The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) begins next week (September 2 – 5). The 2014 IGF will focus on many topics, including the IANA Stewardship Transition, the purpose and goals of the NETmundial Initiative, and issues such as privacy, security, access, and Internet technologies.

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Better Understanding Through Visualizations

August 22nd, 2014

Social issues often remain hidden until brought to light by events such as the Ferguson, MO protests. When this happens, the media will employ the use of visualizations to help people understand how policy affects these issues. Throughout the past couple of weeks, a lot of media outlets have been outputting data visualizations, maps  and graphics in order […]


The GovLab SCAN – Issue 39

August 22nd, 2014

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will take place from September 2 – 5, 2014; ICANN has released a proposed revision to its Bylaws that would require a two-thirds majority vote for the ICANN Board to reject Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) advice.

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The GovLab Academy’s new course can help you solve problems that matter.

August 22nd, 2014

Are you passionate about civic tech? Are you… Working in government with an innovative project you want to bring to life? An independent social innovator who wants to expand your toolkit for real-world change? Someone with an important idea for tackling a social problem but who needs to develop the key skills to take your […]

Academy of Management Announces Opening Governance Theme for Annual Meeting

August 21st, 2014

In an effort to accelerate new insights in how organizations gain authority and mandates for action, Prof. Anita McGahan, the Academy of Management’s 2015 Program Chair and member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance announced recently the Academy’s annual meeting will focus on Opening Governance. In particular, the meeting will consider how digital technologies that […]

Technology’s Crucial Role in the Fight Against Hunger

August 20th, 2014

Crowdsourcing, predictive analytics and other new tools could go far toward finding innovative solutions for America’s food insecurity. National Geographic recently sent three photographers to explore hunger in the United States. It was an effort to give a face to a very troubling statistic: Even today, one-sixth of Americans do not have enough food to eat. […]

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Student Fellows (Interns) at The GovLab

August 18th, 2014

The GovLab’s mission is to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. GovLab believes in rewarding dedicated students who support this mission and who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to studying, testing and promoting open governance innovations to the betterment of our public institutions––through paid positions and opportunities in the field in […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 38

August 15th, 2014

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: Several articles this week discuss the possibility of “fundamentally redesigning the Internet”. This is in response to continuous incidents of Internet technologies used for purposes that were originally unintended and potentially harmful to Internet users; ICANN has released a draft organizational structure for its “Strengthening ICANN Governance and Accountability track” (the “accountability update”). The proposed structure has been criticized for lacking transparency in its development and for the “Board-appointed advisors” which are part of the proposed structure.

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A modern wiki for a modern internet: the Smallest Federated Wiki on The GovLab’s Demos for Democracy

August 15th, 2014

Recently, we held the second session of the relaunched Demos for Democracy program. The program holds interactive online introductions to some of the latest tools designed to bring greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. We offer these in an effort to jumpstart conversation about what works and what doesn’t, and to provide developers an interested […]

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