Upcoming Event: The Responsive City

“In God we trust,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg used to say, “everyone else bring data.” How can emerging technologies and data analytics improve life in our cities? How do we enshrine democratic discourse and citizen participation even as urban processes become more automated? What problems can — and can’t — these new tools help us solve? […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 52

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The Internet Society (ISOC) Board this week expressed concern regarding the recently launched NETmundial Initiative, especially with regards to the principles of its founding and its role in the larger decentralized Internet governance ecosystem; China this week held its first global Internet conference – the World Internet Conference – in Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, spawning much commentary that China intends to promote its own domestic Internet rules as a model for global Internet governance; The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) this week held a cyber defence exercise involving 400 experts who aimed to “test the ability of the participating nations to coordinate a defence against a series of targeted cyber incidents involving a NATO mission network”.

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Dr. Lucy Kimbell: Exploring how design interacts with activism, social innovation and policy in the UK

In its latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series, the GovLab hosted Dr. Lucy Kimbell, a visiting Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Fellow at the UK-based Policy Lab, an experimental policy innovation center within the Open Policy Making team of the UK Cabinet Office. At the Policy Lab, Dr. Kimbell is exploring how the […]

From Governing: Measuring the Impact of Public Innovation in the Wild

Reprinted from my monthly column in Governing: With complex, seemingly intractable problems such as inequality, climate change and affordable access to health care plaguing contemporary society, traditional institutions such as government agencies and nonprofit organizations often lack strategies for tackling them effectively and legitimately. For this reason, this year the MacArthur Foundation launched its Research Network […]

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A Two-Way Pipeline for Governance: Opening Up the Data Government Holds About the Companies it Regulates

This week’s Open Up? 2014 conference, hosted by the Omidyar Network, convened a diverse group of “open data activists, government officials, private sector leaders, technologists, journalists, and other civil society leaders” to “explore the intersections and tensions around openness and privacy.” In addition to the live element of the conference – you can find the agenda here – Open Up?’s blog is providing ongoing […]

Map of Internet Governance Maps: Toward a NETmundial Solutions Map

The  NETmundial Initiative was launched on 6 November 2014, as a multistakeholder initiative to energize bottom-up, collaborative solutions in a distributed Internet governance ecosystem. Within the context of the Initiative, the GovLab, in close collaboration with ICANN, is facilitating and coordinating the creation of a new tool called the “NETmundial Solutions Map” – an effort […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 51

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN: The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference concluded last week. No major resolutions were passed that would give the ITU a greater role in regulating the non-technical aspects of the Internet. Significantly, an amended resolution “will increase the ITU’s involvement in the Internet’s global development and the transition of Internet governance toward participation by all stakeholders”; President Obama this week made an official announcement regarding net neutrality, urging the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create new rules for a “free and open Internet”, including: “no blocking”, “no throttling”, “increased transparency”, and “no paid prioritization”; The NETmundial Initiative has released its first blog post describing ways to join the discussion and get involved in available opportunities.

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Hacking Ebola

During Halloween weekend, our team participated in Hack Ebola @NYU, a two-day, university-wide event bringing together technologists, hackers, designers and experts within the NYU community to explore ideas and build solutions for fighting the Ebola epidemic. These solutions were uploaded to the OpenIDEO platform as a part of its campaign with USAID entitled, “Fighting Ebola: […]

Oxford Internet Institute “Internet and Society Awards”

More years ago than I care to recall, I studied at Christ Church College. At that point, I came to the University of Oxford to study allied cultural policy after World War II. I was interested in the ways that each of the different post-war powers used the media of their day, ranging from film […]

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An Independent Open Contracting Partnership is Launched

Each year, governments around the world spend over $9 trillion dollars of citizens’ money through public contracts. All too often, however, “little to no data is made available to the public about these contracts. If data is available, it is often supplied in ways which make analysis very challenging or downright impossible,” writes the Open […]

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