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If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Open Data

Anniversaries allow us to pause, reflect and consider plans for what can come next. The second annual NYC Open Data Week, taking place from March 3-10, 2018, provides a similar occasion for members of the burgeoning open data movement to take stock of the distance traveled and consider strategies for advancing to the next stage. […]

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

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 […]

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

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

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. […]

Reinventing – not Disrupting – the Role of Government Through Blockchain Technology

Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Room 9009, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here The use of permissioned blockchains in the public sector has the potential to create a new balance point between two extremes: pure algorithmic governance (e.g., Bitcoin) and pure human governance (e.g., your local city council). This talk will explore […]

Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century?

Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here   Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century? Learning from History: From a Century of Oil to a Century of Data Oil dominated our economies throughout the 20th century, strategies for access to oil influenced foreign policies and […]

Connecting Government with Outside Expertise via Natural Language Processing

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP here Getting outside expertise is essential to improving the quality of decisionmaking in government. While universities are a storehouse of knowledge and experience, public officials often turn to lobbyists, think tanks and interest groups, instead, because of the […]

Hacking Parliament

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor.  Please RSVP here. In this talk Cristiano Ferri, Director of the Brazilian Parliament’s Hacker Lab and author of The Open Parliament in the Age of the Internet, will highlight several open innovation (aka “crowdlaw”) experiments that the HackerLab is undertaking at the […]