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Mapping the Next Frontier of Open Data: Corporate Data Sharing

September 16th, 2014

When it comes to data, we are living in the Cambrian Age. About ninety percent of the data that exists today has been generated within the last two years. We create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data on a daily basis—equivalent to a “new Google every four days.” All of this means that we are certain […]

Answering Big Governance Questions Through Data

September 12th, 2014

We are living in an information age. Though data has always been produced, the current era has become characterized by technologies enabling the production, storage, and analysis of more data than ever before. Despite its central role in driving innovation in a number of industries, governing institutions have not yet made the most of the opportunity afforded […]

The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Code

September 11th, 2014

Please find below the latest installment of the GovLab Index on Internet Governance, inspired by the Harper’s Index. “Internet Governance — Code” is part of a series of Indexes that focus on the five main areas within Internet Governance: access, content, code, trust, and trade. This edition focuses on the IPv4 to IPv6 transition and the […]

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 42

September 11th, 2014

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded last week, spurring much subsequent commentary about the current state of global Internet governance. This year, the usual discussion topics and participants at the IGF “leaked” into other fora –for example, the World Economic Forum/NETmundial Initiative and the Internet Ungovernance Forum– and some have observed that these leaks undermine the role of the IGF as a global discussion forum for Internet governance; Google is holding a series of meetings in European legislators in European capitals to discuss the implications of the EU “Right to be Forgotten” ruling; IFEX has released a glossary of Internet governance terms; The U.S. State Department has launched an Open Internet campaign.

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 41

September 5th, 2014

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Istanbul, Turkey this week; The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is focusing on reducing anti-competition policies this week in what is viewed as a significant position statement with regards to net neutrality debates; The U.S. Congress will deliberate on two privacy bills when Congress resumes on September 8: The USA FREEDOM Act –currently holding widespread support- and CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) –a bill that is currently very controversial.

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The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Content

September 4th, 2014

Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by the Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Content” is part of a series of Indexes that focus on the five main areas within Internet Governance: access, content, code, trust, and trade. This edition highlights public sentiment and information on freedom […]

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Teaching and Courses @ The GovLab, Fall 2014

September 2nd, 2014

This Fall, members of the GovLab team are teaching courses at the intersection of governance, technology and society, while experimenting with new technologies and teaching methodologies. Here are some of the courses being taught this semester, with links to more details. Courses Internet Governance: Mapping Internet Governance Principles, Policies, and Practices – taught by Stefaan […]

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 […]

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