Smarter Crowdsourcing: A Global Online Conference on Learning and Teaching Public Innovation and Entrepreneurship

By Vishala Pariag and Kajol Char. This article originally appeared on Politics for Tomorrow. On July 12th 2018, the GovLab and Politics for Tomorrow convened a global online conference, which marked the first in a series of now-quarterly online meetings. The purpose of these conferences is to examine the current state of public innovation training. Hosted by Professor Beth […]

Elections won’t save our democracy. But ‘crowdlaw’ could.

Beth Simone Noveck at the Washington Post: “In October 2017, as Hurricane Irma battered the U.S. East Coast, M.I.T.’s Urban Risk Lab worked with Florida’s Broward County to pilot a free, open-source platform that enabled flood-affected residents to use popular social media channels to add information to a publicly-available map. Known as RiskMap, the data allowed […]

The GovLab at NYU Tandon Announces Formation of Global Advisory Council

Organization Completes Fifth Year of Service and Looks to Expand Reach, Impact This press release was originally posted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on September 26, 2018. BROOKLYN, New York, September 26, 2018 – The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering announced the formation of a Global Advisory […]

Open Data Demand: Toward an Open Data Demand Assessment and Segmentation Methodology

Report by Stefaan Verhulst and Andrew Young: “Across the world, significant time and resources are being invested in making government data accessible to all with the broad goal of improving people’s lives.Evidence of open data’s impact—on improving governance, empowering citizens, creating economic opportunity, and solving public problems—is emerging and is largely encouraging. Yet much of the […]

A Week of Open Data in Buenos Aires

Exciting events are happening in the world of open data. This week, the GovLab is in Buenos Aires for several surrounding the International Open Data Conference (IODC). These events will serve as a showcase for all the advances and innovations that the field has made. Third Open Data Research Symposium Activities kicked off on September 25th with the 3rd […]

The GovLab Index: Open Data – 2018 Edition

By Alexandra Shaw, Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index: Open Data 2018” provides an update to our previous Open Data installments: The GovLab Index: Open Data, (Updated and Expanded of 2013, The GovLab Index: Open Data […]

Government By The People, With the People: A conversation between Audrey Tang and Beth Noveck

The Future of Democracy Working Group at the Institute for Public Knowledge and the GovLab at NYU kicked off its new lecture series on Thursday, September 20th with a conversation between Audrey Tang (Digital Minister, Taiwan) and Beth Simone Noveck (Director, The GovLab). The discussion explored how civic technology is enabling new and improved forms of citizen participation, deliberation, and […]

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 […]