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Fighting Zika: The Need for Sustained But Flexible Messaging

September 26th, 2016

By Carlos Scartascini Over the last year, newspapers and television stations in the Americas have reported hundreds of stories about the Zika epidemic. The media is flooded with news accounts of people suffering from temporary paralysis, infants with brain damage, and the fears the virus has unleashed, especially among pregnant women. Yet despite these accounts — and […]

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NEW e-BOOK: The Global Impact of Open Data

September 22nd, 2016

Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World By Stefaan Verhulst, and Andrew Young Publisher: O’Reilly Released: September 2016 Open data has spurred economic innovation, social transformation, and fresh forms of political and government accountability in recent years, but few people understand how open data works. This comprehensive 459-page report, developed with support from Omidyar […]

Enhancing How Governments Assess Awareness of Zika

September 14th, 2016

On August 31st, twenty-four experts from ten countries joined two dozen public officials from four Latin American countries in the first of six two-hour online conversations. In this first session, we focused on identifying novel strategies that governments can use to understand what different groups within the population do and do not understand about Zika. […]

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A Revolutionary Toolbox

September 12th, 2016

By Luis Loria  “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres […]

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Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government: Technology and Innovation in the Next Administration

August 29th, 2016

Blog by Dan Chenok and Haynes Cooney initially posted here : “When a new Administration takes office in January 2017, a new set of leaders will drive the nation’s innovation agenda. These leaders can build on significant progress from previous administrations, overcome continued challenges in modernizing technology infrastructure, enact flexible policies and regulations, and build innovation leadership and […]

Meet us in Paris?

August 26th, 2016

For the third consecutive year The GovLab is getting ready to participate in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit. This year’s OGP Summit will be held in Paris, France on December 7th-9th. The annual event’s international collection of representatives from across sectors will once again “gather to share their experiences and best practices and push […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

August 17th, 2016

According to the World Health Organization, vectors, those living organisms that transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitos, account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually. Although than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting Dengue alone, […]

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Registration Open: Open Data Research Symposium 2016

August 17th, 2016

REGISTER NOW On October 5th, researchers from around the world will gather in Madrid, Spain for the 2nd annual Open Data Research Symposium (ODRS). Registration for this year’s ODRS is now open. A pre-event for this year’s International Open Data Conference (IODC), ODRS will provide an opportunity to reflect critically on the findings of their completed research and […]


August 5th, 2016

(Reposted from NYU Tandon School of Engineering’ Blog) Tandon’s Governance Lab partners with the United States Department of Agriculture to teach kids data science skills by doing projects to benefit Agriculture, Food Safety, and More For the second summer in a row, the Governance Lab, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), mounted […]

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