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What we learned…from showing the NETmundial Solutions Map prototype

February 26th, 2015

Over the past few months, we have posted regularly on progress made in creating an Internet Governance map called the NETmundial Solutions Map,  a tool that seeks to provide an overview what solutions – such as laws and standards – exist to address what Internet Goverance issue – such as IPv6 or on-line child pornography […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 63

February 20th, 2015

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:
The Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers (NoC) and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society have released a new paper, Governance of Online Intermediaries: Observations from a Series of National Case Studies, that examines online intermediary liability through the use of case studies covering issues and frameworks in Brazil, the European Union, India, South Korea, the United States, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam;
Lenovo has come under fire for shipping Windows computers preloaded with hidden adware dubbed Superfish, which exposed Lenovo users to man-in-the-middle attacks;
AT&T has rolled out high speed fiber-to-home Internet service in Kansas City for $70 a month; however, customers will have to pay an additional $29 per month to opt out of AT&T using their data for advertising. The articles AT&T charges $29 for privacy. Time for others to do the same and Don’t let AT&T mislead you about its $29 “privacy fee” provide two viewpoints on this controversial move by AT&T.

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A “calculus” for open data

February 13th, 2015

Arnaud Sahuguet (The GovLab) and David Sangokoya ( The GovLab) at Medium: “The value, impact and promise of making data publicly accessible have driven citizens, government agencies and businesses to embrace open data as a way to increase efficiency, promote transparency and maximize utility…..While the rise of the open data movement has led to numerous […]

Free Expression, Globalism and the New Strategic Communication

February 12th, 2015

What effect does the Internet and globalization have on ‘freedom of expression?’ The emerging debate posits a new freedom and openness in communication and its capacity to transcend borders, against a growing power of states and other powerful entities to monitor and control information flows. This dichotomy is strong, but some argue there is a […]

Using Open Data to Protect the Food Supply: A Report on the Roundtable with USDA

February 6th, 2015

On August 1, The GovLab and the USDA co-hosted an Open Data Roundtable, which brought together USDA data providers and two dozen representatives from the private sector and nonprofit organizations for an action-oriented dialogue on data issues and potential solutions. This was the second federal Roundtable convened by The GovLab in its mission to help […]

John Wilbanks: Improving informed consent through design to advance science

February 5th, 2015

Whenever you go to a doctor’s office in the United States you are asked to fill in a form and give your consent to the medical treatment that you need. Informed consent is the “process by which the treating health care provider discloses appropriate information to a competent patient so that the patient may make […]

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Sign Up for GovLab Academy Coaching Programs

February 4th, 2015

Thanks to the generous support of the Knight Foundation, this term the Governance Lab Academy – a training program designed to promote civic engagement and innovation – is launching a series of coaching programs. Geared to the teams and individuals inside and outside of government planning to undertake a new project or trying to figure […]

GitHub: the Swiss army knife of civic innovation?

February 2nd, 2015

There is a joke within the startup community about multi-purpose products that can do pretty much anything: “when is the last time you saw someone using a swiss-army knife at the dinner table?” So, when you see such a product reaching wide acceptance amongst legislators, academics and government workers, you pay attention. What are Git […]

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The GovLab at Tech Triangle U 2015

February 2nd, 2015

From March 4-8, Brooklyn Tech Triangle will host its annual Tech Triangle U conference – “a week-long series of events to connect the tech, creative, and academic communities in the Brooklyn Tech Triangle.” This year’s focus is on “Intersections” and the ways in which technology is affecting traditional industries and real world issues. Andrew Young, […]

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