Solving Public Problems With Technology

In early September we started teaching the semester-long course “Solving Public Problems with Technology.”  You can view the course syllabus here – http://govlab.github.io/academy-courses/Solving-Public-Problems-Fall-2014/ and its curated readings and videos, including original materials created for the program by: Alph Bingham, Founder of Innocentive talking about how to frame a problem Giff Constable, CEO of NEO Software […]

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The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Trade

Please find below the latest installment of the GovLab Index on Internet Governance, inspired by the Harper’s Index. “Internet Governance — Trade” is part of a series of Indexes that focus on the five main areas within Internet Governance: access, content, code, trust, and trade. This edition focuses on digital cross border trade and cryptocurrencies. […]

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 44

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: 16 European member states have issued a joint declaration calling on European officials to adopt a legislative package reforming personal data protection by 2015; The bipartisan Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act (LEADS Act) introduced last week proposes that if the U.S. government wanted to access non-U.S. citizens’ data stored overseas, it “would have to follow the legal process of the nation where the servers reside”.

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 43

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The International Telecommunications Unions (ITU)’s Plenipotentiary Conference is fast approaching (October 20 – November 7, 2014). This is a key event in which ITU Member States decide on the future role of the organization –including the ITU’s remit regarding Internet governance; The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received a record 3 million comments in response to its Open Internet ruling (regulating net neutrality and “paid prioritization”).

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Answering Big Governance Questions Through Data

We are living in an information age. Though data has always been produced, the current era has become characterized by technologies enabling the production, storage, and analysis of more data than ever before. Despite its central role in driving innovation in a number of industries, governing institutions have not yet made the most of the opportunity afforded […]

The GovLab Index on Internet Governance — Code

Please find below the latest installment of the GovLab Index on Internet Governance, inspired by the Harper’s Index. “Internet Governance — Code” is part of a series of Indexes that focus on the five main areas within Internet Governance: access, content, code, trust, and trade. This edition focuses on the IPv4 to IPv6 transition and the […]

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The GovLab SCAN – Issue 42

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) concluded last week, spurring much subsequent commentary about the current state of global Internet governance. This year, the usual discussion topics and participants at the IGF “leaked” into other fora –for example, the World Economic Forum/NETmundial Initiative and the Internet Ungovernance Forum– and some have observed that these leaks undermine the role of the IGF as a global discussion forum for Internet governance; Google is holding a series of meetings in European legislators in European capitals to discuss the implications of the EU “Right to be Forgotten” ruling; IFEX has released a glossary of Internet governance terms; The U.S. State Department has launched an Open Internet campaign.

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 41

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The 9th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) took place in Istanbul, Turkey this week; The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is focusing on reducing anti-competition policies this week in what is viewed as a significant position statement with regards to net neutrality debates; The U.S. Congress will deliberate on two privacy bills when Congress resumes on September 8: The USA FREEDOM Act –currently holding widespread support- and CISA (Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act) –a bill that is currently very controversial.

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