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Governing through Prizes and Challenges

January 27th, 2015

As governments and other institutions increasingly come to recognize Joy’s Law – “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else” – many efforts to solve big problems are being posed to the public rather than being exclusively addressed within institutional borders. Two of the central techniques for shifting the […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 59

January 23rd, 2015

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: UNESCO launched a new series of publications on Internet freedom. “Fostering Freedom Online: the Role of Internet Intermediaries” is the first issue in this series, in a joint initiative with the Open Society Foundations, the Internet Society, and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication. The study examines “this recent historical phenomenon and how it impacts on freedom of expression and associated fundamental rights such as privacy”;
U.S. President Barack Obama gave his annual State of the Union speech, in which he laid out his plan to increase access to high-speed broadband. The President’s address also reiterated his commitment to a free and open Internet, and announced new proposals to “better meet the evolving threat of cyberattacks, combat identity theft, and protect our children’s information.”

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The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Access (Infrastructure)

January 14th, 2015

Please find below the latest installment of the GovLab Index on Internet Governance, inspired by the Harper’s Index. “Internet Governance — Access (Infrastructure)” 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 infrastructural aspects of Internet access […]

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Survey Results: How do Internet users currently search for information on Internet Governance?

January 9th, 2015

Over the last few months we have sought to understand, through one-on-one user interviews and an on-line survey, how individuals search for and find information related to Internet governance issues. The insights gained through these efforts are meant to support the design of a NETmundial Solutions Map prototype. We shared our findings from the interviews earlier […]

New GovLab Resource: R-Search – Rapid Re-Search Enabling the Design of Agile and Creative Responses to Problems

January 8th, 2015

How to quickly, yet systematically, become smart about a topic when seeking solutions to public problems? What questions to answer that can help assess the problem and solutions space better? How to identify rapidly the stakeholders that matter? Today, the GovLab released a new resource seeking to enable problem-solvers to design agile and creative responses to public […]

Jean-Claude Burgelman: How to Support a New Era of Scientific Research

January 7th, 2015

At the latest installment the Ideas Lunch series, the GovLab hosted Dr. Jean-Claude Burgelman, the Head of Unit C2, DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. The talk centered on the changing academic and scientific research market, in the Web 2.0 era. He also provided some of his thoughts on his most recent project […]

NEW paper: Innovations in Global Governance: Towards a Distributed Internet Governance Ecosystem

January 5th, 2015

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) just released our paper on “Innovations in Global Governance: Towards a Distributed Internet Governance Ecosystem.” It is part of a series of research papers supporting the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG). The GCIG was established in January 2014 “to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the […]

Staying in the Know – The GovLab’s Open Governance Changemakers Twitter Lists

December 16th, 2014

As part of its ongoing effort to provide those interested in open governance a means for staying in the know regarding new insights and development in the field, the GovLab curates a collection of topic-specific Open Governance Twitter lists featuring people and organizations working at the forefront of innovation in governance. The field of open […]

Chelsea Mauldin: How the Public Policy Lab uses design thinking to create better policies

December 16th, 2014

Over the past few years, policy innovators have made an effort to move past traditional top-down policymaking and rethink how to improve public services by applying principles of design thinking. At the latest GovLab Ideas Lunch, Chelsea Mauldin, executive director of the Public Policy Lab, shared her experience using collaborative design strategies to tackle major […]

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