The Future of Democracy Lecture Series

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 18% of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what is right.  The lack of trust extends to democracy as well as government: another study finds that one-quarter of millennials say that “choosing leaders through free elections is unimportant.” With the rise […]

The Three Goals and Five Functions of Data Stewards

Data Stewards: a new Role and Responsibility for an AI and Data Age This article by Stefaan Verhulst originally appeared in Medium on September 19, 2018. As data grows increasingly prevalent in our economy and society, it is increasingly clear, too, that tremendous value can be derived from reusing and combining previously separate data sets. Of […]

GovLab Senior Fellow Spotlights CrowdLaw Manifesto in New Article for El País

In a new article written for the Spanish national newspaper El País, GovLab Senior Fellow Victoria Alsina describes GovLab’s recently launched CrowdLaw Manifesto – a set of 12 principles which she defines as, “a call to action that aims to encourage the institutionalization of new mechanisms that allow the use of collective intelligence to improve […]

CrowdLaw and Open Justice: How public participation and technology are transforming lawmaking, government, and the courts

(Image: Fiona M. McLeod via https://twitter.com/FiMcLeodSC/status/1026739915755642881) As CrowdLaw–the use of participatory technology to engage the public in law and policymaking processes–gains traction, so too does the complementary concept of Open Justice, namely, emerging innovations in courts to open up and inform how they work. On August 7, 2018, at Victoria University’s Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in Melbourne, […]

GovLab Figures Named to List of World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government

This press release was originally posted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on August 8, 2018. Global Policy Platform Apolitical Honors The Governance Lab Founders Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Governance innovation advocates Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst, the founding directors of The Governance […]

A hundred places where governments are using tech to crowdsource policy

This article was originally published in Apolitical on July 27, 2018. Available online here. While many pay lip service to the aspiration of government of, for and with the people, few understand how participation can produce more than criticism and complaint. We live in a world beset with ever more complex urban and global challenges, […]

We Need You: Open Peer Review of GovLab’s Blockchange Field Report

Open Peer Review at the GovLab One line of activity of The GovLab involves working with institutions to become more open to the insights and expertise of others toward making their own processes and outcomes more legitimate and effective. In the interest of “walking the talk,” the GovLab seeks to experiment with innovative and participatory […]

Information Asymmetries, Blockchain Technologies, and Social Change

Reflections on the potential (and challenges) of Distributed Ledgers for “Market for Lemons” Conditions (Cross-posted from Medium) “We live in a data age, and it has become common to extol the transformative power of data and information. It is now conventional to assume that many of our most pressing public problems—everything from climate change to […]

The GovLab Publishes Digital Compendium Showcasing Global Practices for Engaging the Public in Making Laws and Policies

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of the CrowdLaw Catalog, a compendium of real-world examples from 39 countries and six continents demonstrating how legislatures, parliaments, city councils, and public bodies around the world are leveraging technology to involve more people in the process of making policies […]