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The GovLab Selected Readings on Blockchain and Identity

October 5th, 2017

By Hannah Pierce and Stefaan Verhulst As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In this edition, we explore and curate […]

The Smarter State: How Public Agencies are Using the Technologies of Expertise to Engage with Civil Servants

September 26th, 2017

This article was also published at this link on medium.com. On September 13th 2017, the GovLab hosted an online conference with participants representing six public institutions from around the world to learn about how they are using what we call “the technologies of expertise,” including expert and social networks and other “people analytics” software, to […]

Gender and Urban Mobility: Addressing Unequal Access to Urban Transportation for Women and Girls

September 26th, 2017

On September 19, 2017, Data2X, an initiative of the UN Foundation that works with a variety of cross-sector partners to close gender data gaps, announced the winners of its Big Data for Gender Challenge Awards. The GovLab and its partners from UNICEF, Universidad del Desarrollo, Telefónica R&D Center, ISI Foundation, and DigitalGlobe, were among the […]

The GovLab Releases Report Analyzing How Social Media Data Can Be Utilized For Public Good

September 25th, 2017

BROOKLYN, New York – Today, The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering published a new report detailing how social media data and analytical expertise can solve pressing public problems. “The Potential of Social Media Intelligence to Improve People’s Lives: Social Media Data for Good,” developed with support from Facebook, Inc., also outlines […]

Introducing the Digital Policy Model Canvas

September 22nd, 2017

Digital change and innovation continue to throw up both unprecedented challenges and new opportunities for policymakers around the world. Adapting to the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is one of the main tasks confronting leaders across business, government and civil society. Yesterday, the National Digital Policy Network of the World Economic Forum, of which I am […]

How are Italian Companies Embracing Open Data?

September 12th, 2017

The GovLab and FBK Launch OD200 Italy, the First and Only Comprehensive Mapping of Open Data Use in Italy Are companies embracing the use of open government data? How, why and what data is being leveraged? To answer these questions, the GovLab started a project three years ago, Open Data 500, to map and assess — […]

Converting Ideas Into Action: Next Steps for Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption

August 16th, 2017

Over the past eight weeks, The GovLab, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Mexico’s Secretariat of the Civil Service (Secretaría de la Función Pública, or SFP), held a series of online conferences to generate new, actionable ideas in the fight against corruption in Mexico. Using The GovLab’s Smarter Crowdsourcing method, a collaborative […]

The GovLab Welcomes a New Director of Communications

August 7th, 2017

Innovative Action-Research Center Expands Communications Team to Amplify Its Work in Open Data and Open Governance The Governance Lab is pleased to announce that Timi Lewis has joined as Director of Communications. Timi will lead public relations, social media, digital media, and external engagement for the action-research center based at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. […]

Why We Should Care About Bad Data

August 2nd, 2017

At a time of open and big data, data-led and evidence-based policy making has great potential to improve problem solving but will have limited, if not harmful, effects if the underlying components are riddled with bad data. Why should we care about bad data? What do we mean by bad data? And what are the […]

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