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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 55

December 18th, 2014

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: Last week, the United States House of Representatives approved the “2015 Consolidated Appropriations Package”, funding the U.S. government through 2015. Section 520 of the $1.1 trillion spending bill specifically prohibits the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) from spending any funds on the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) Functions stewardship transition; The Pew Research Center has released its latest report, “The Future of Privacy”; According to the United States government, Sony Pictures’ computers were hacked this week by North Korea, apparently in response to the release of “The Interview”, a Hollywood movie that depicts the assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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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 […]

Map of Internet Governance Maps: Toward a NETmundial Solutions Map, Updated

December 16th, 2014

The  NETmundial Initiative was launched on 6 November 2014, as a multistakeholder initiative to energize bottom-up, collaborative solutions in a distributed Internet governance ecosystem. Within the context of the Initiative, the GovLab, in close collaboration with ICANN, is facilitating and coordinating the creation of a new tool called the “NETmundial Solutions Map” – an effort […]

Ongoing research on corporate data sharing featured in the 2014 Internet Monitor

December 16th, 2014

The Berkman Center’s Internet Monitor project has just released its 2014 annual report highlighting the most compelling events, trends and debates to data, internet and society over the past year. The Internet Monitor features an interactive year in review of major internet-related events as well as a collection of short contributions from researchers and thinkers […]

OpenGov Voices: Transparency is not just television

December 12th, 2014

Cross-posted from the Sunlight Foundation. In 2009, Larry Lessig published a headline-grabbing piecein the New Republic entitled “Against Transparency,” arguing that the “naked transparency movement” might inspire disgust in, rather than reform of, our political system. In their recent Brookings Institution paper, “Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong,” Gary Bass, Danielle Brian and Norm Eisen […]

A map for distributed Internet Governance: Findings from interviews with potential users and global experts

December 2nd, 2014

As part of the ongoing NETmundial initiative to generate a distributed model of Internet governance, it was decided to create a “Solutions Map” that would map problems and solutions, visualize gaps across issues and actors, and more generally enable a distributed Internet governance framework. Towards this end, the GovLab (NYU) recently conducted several interviews with […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Civic Innovation: Cities and Civic Technology

November 30th, 2014

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 the literature on Civic Innovation: Cities and Civic […]

Upcoming Event: The Responsive City

November 20th, 2014

“In God we trust,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg used to say, “everyone else bring data.” How can emerging technologies and data analytics improve life in our cities? How do we enshrine democratic discourse and citizen participation even as urban processes become more automated? What problems can — and can’t — these new tools help us solve? […]

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