The GovLab SCAN – Issue 64

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: On Thursday, the FCC voted to regulate the Internet as a public utility under Title II. The decision follows a yearlong debate and public comment period about the best rules to ensure an Open Internet;
Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, called for a unified European data-protection law to counter the practice of major US Internet companies using legal loopholes to gather and sell personal data.
; the Senate held a hearing on the IANA transition called “Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance”; several tech companies have also added their support to the IANA transition.

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A “calculus” for open data

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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, […]

#OpenData Victory: Court Orders IRS to Make Public Machine Readable 990 Non-Profit Tax Return Data

The Federal District Court for the Northern District of California ruled this week that the IRS must turn over the original, machine-readable versions of nine tax returns filed with the IRS to Plaintiff PublicResource.org. (Disclosure: I filed affidavits in the case on behalf of PublicResource and its demand to make these returns available). By law, non-profit tax […]