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More Than A Coin: The Rise Of Civic Cryptocurrency

Co-written by Victoria Alsina. Originally published in Forbes on March 27, 2018. Available online here. The comedian John Oliver dedicated a recent episode of Last Week Tonight to discuss cryptocurrencies, “the virtual currencies that combine everything you don’t understand about money…with everything you don’t understand about computers.” Cryptocurrencies are alternative digital mechanisms for exchanging value. They have […]

New Wine And New Bottles: The Promise Of Research In The Age Of Big Data

Originally published in Forbes on February 20, 2018. Read the article here. A review of Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Matthew J. Salganik, Princeton University Press, 2017. 445 pp. The Promise of Research for Business Popular consumer web platforms use online controlled experiments known as A/B tests to compare the effect […]

Congress Is Broken. CrowdLaw Could Help Fix It

Originally posted on Forbes on January 23, 2018. The government was closed for business this weekend. It is, thus, hardly any surprise that the American public lacks trust in its legislature. Just eight percent of people say they have a great deal of confidence in the institution, according to a recent poll. A late-night government shutdown, […]

Book Review: How to Mobilize Group Intelligence

Cross-posted from Nature (vol 551) Nov 30, 2017 Beth Simone Noveck reviews Geoff Mulgan’s new book, Big Mind: How collective intelligence can change our world Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 14, Dana Lewis got used to hassle: using a portable glucose monitor to measure her blood sugar levels, and then calculating […]

Legislature 2.0: CrowdLaw and the Future of Lawmaking

By Beth Noveck, Gabriella Capone and Victoria Alsina Re-Imagining Lawmaking With rates of trust in government at all-time lows, the legitimacy and effectiveness of traditional representative models of lawmaking, typically dominated by political party agendas and conducted by professional staff and politicians working behind largely closed doors, are called into question. But technology offers the […]

Enhancing How Governments Assess Awareness of Zika

On August 31st, twenty-four experts from ten countries joined two dozen public officials from four Latin American countries in the first of six two-hour online conversations. In this first session, we focused on identifying novel strategies that governments can use to understand what different groups within the population do and do not understand about Zika. […]

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A Revolutionary Toolbox

By Luis Loria  “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres […]

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Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

According to the World Health Organization, vectors, those living organisms that transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitos, account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually. Although than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting Dengue alone, […]

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Data Driven Criminal Justice Projects Coaching Program: Online Mentoring to Support Public Interest Entrepreneurs

Repost from Jun 13, 2016 With a dramatic rise in the numbers in prison, there is bipartisan support – and a major White House push — for improving public safety while reducing incarceration and making our criminal justice system fairer. A key tool in the movement for criminal justice reform is the ability to use data […]

Data Driven Criminal Justice Projects Coaching Program Launches This Week: Online Mentoring to Support Public Interest Entrepreneurs

With a dramatic rise in the numbers in prison, there is bipartisan support – and a major White House push — for improving public safety while reducing incarceration and making our criminal justice system fairer. A key tool in the movement for criminal justice reform is the ability to use data to understand where problems […]

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