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CrowdLaw Manifesto

May 23rd, 2018

At the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center this spring, assembled participants  met to discuss CrowdLaw, namely how to use technology to improve the quality and effectiveness of law and policymaking through greater public engagement. We put together and signed 12 principles to promote the use of CrowdLaw by local legislatures and national parliaments, calling for legislatures, technologists and the public […]

Data Stewards: Data Leadership to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century

May 16th, 2018

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of its Data Stewards website — a new portal for connecting organizations across sectors that seek to promote responsible data leadership that can address the challenges of the 21st century — developed with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. […]

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If, When and How Blockchain Technologies Can Provide Civic Change

May 9th, 2018

By Stefaan G. Verhulst and Andrew Young The hype surrounding the potential of blockchain technologies– the distributed ledger technology (DLT) undergirding cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin – to transform the way industries and sectors operate and exchange records is reaching a fever pitch. Source: Top Trends in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 Governments and civil society […]

CrowdLaw: When the intelligence of crowds knocks at the State’s door

April 23rd, 2018

On March 13–17, 2018 The GovLab brought together two dozen crowdlaw experts from around the world to collaborate on developing new ways to include more and more diverse opinions and expertise at every stage of the law- and policy-making process. The convening was held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s famed Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. This […]

CrowdLaw Interviews: The future of participatory law-making

April 9th, 2018

By Victoria Alsina and Anirudh Dinesh. Watch what the experts we convened at the Rockefeller Conference Center in Bellagio had to say about the future of CrowdLaw In March 2018, the GovLab convened a group of experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the challenges, opportunities and the future of “CrowdLaw”- a term we use to describe […]

Children’s Crowdlaw: A Definitions Contest

April 9th, 2018

One of the funniest and most challenging activities we had in the three intense days in the Bellagio Rockefeller Center meeting on “Crowdlaw: People-Led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking” on March 13-17, 2018, was the following: We all had to write down a very short definition of Crowdlaw, to be understood by a smart child in […]

CrowdLaw, Legitimacy and the Quality of Lawmaking

April 3rd, 2018

Sometimes our lives become like dreams. This is how I felt in the meeting on “Crowdlaw: People-Led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking” that took place at the Bellagio Rockefeller Center by the Lake Como, Italy, on March 13-17, 2018. You look at the lake, look at the snowy Alps, look at the flowers in the gardens, […]

Data Collaboration and Data Responsibility for Migration

March 29th, 2018

Today, the GovLab is pleased to share three resources examining how private data sources, when leveraged responsibly and collaboratively, can provide insights for addressing the challenges and opportunities of migration. As it stands, the UN estimates that about 258 million people across the globe live in a country other than the one in which they were born, […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Responsibility, Refugees and Migration

March 29th, 2018

By Kezia Paladina, Alexandra Shaw, Michelle Winowatan, Stefaan Verhulst, and Andrew Young 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. Special […]

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