Toward Data Driven Philanthropy

We live in an increasingly quantified world, one where data is driving key decisions. Data is claimed to provide the new competitive advantage for business, while making policy more evidence based. Yet, paradoxically, even as our reliance on data increases and the call for agile, data-driven decision making becomes more pronounced, the philanthropic sector has […]

CrowdLaw Manifesto

At the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center this spring, assembled participants  met to discuss CrowdLaw, namely how to use technology to improve the quality and effectiveness of law and policymaking through greater public engagement. We put together and signed 12 principles to promote the use of CrowdLaw by local legislatures and national parliaments, calling for legislatures, technologists and the public […]

Data Stewards: Data Leadership to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of its Data Stewards website — a new portal for connecting organizations across sectors that seek to promote responsible data leadership that can address the challenges of the 21st century — developed with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. […]

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If, When and How Blockchain Technologies Can Provide Civic Change

By Stefaan G. Verhulst and Andrew Young The hype surrounding the potential of blockchain technologies– the distributed ledger technology (DLT) undergirding cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin – to transform the way industries and sectors operate and exchange records is reaching a fever pitch. Source: Top Trends in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 Governments and civil society […]

CrowdLaw: When the intelligence of crowds knocks at the State’s door

On March 13–17, 2018 The GovLab brought together two dozen crowdlaw experts from around the world to collaborate on developing new ways to include more and more diverse opinions and expertise at every stage of the law- and policy-making process. The convening was held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s famed Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. This […]

CrowdLaw Interviews: The future of participatory law-making

By Victoria Alsina and Anirudh Dinesh. Watch what the experts we convened at the Rockefeller Conference Center in Bellagio had to say about the future of CrowdLaw In March 2018, the GovLab convened a group of experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the challenges, opportunities and the future of “CrowdLaw”- a term we use to describe […]

Children’s Crowdlaw: A Definitions Contest

One of the funniest and most challenging activities we had in the three intense days in the Bellagio Rockefeller Center meeting on “Crowdlaw: People-Led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking” on March 13-17, 2018, was the following: We all had to write down a very short definition of Crowdlaw, to be understood by a smart child in […]

Data Collaboration and Data Responsibility for Migration

Today, the GovLab is pleased to share three resources examining how private data sources, when leveraged responsibly and collaboratively, can provide insights for addressing the challenges and opportunities of migration. As it stands, the UN estimates that about 258 million people across the globe live in a country other than the one in which they were born, […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Responsibility, Refugees and Migration

By Kezia Paladina, Alexandra Shaw, Michelle Winowatan, Stefaan Verhulst, and Andrew Young As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. Special […]