The GovLab SCAN – Issue 73

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:

The Burundi government blocked messaging services WhatsApp and Viber in response to anti-government presentations;
The Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic ruled that mass surveillance of its citizens is unconstitutional;
An updated law tackling online piracy came into effect on May 1st in Russia, giving authorities the power to tell Internet companies to take down sites accused of harboring pirated content without a court order.

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The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Collaboratives

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. In this edition, we explore the literature on Data Collaboratives. To suggest additional readings on […]

Data Collaboratives: Exchanging Data to Improve People’s Lives

New Medium Blog by Stefaan Verhulst and David Sangokoya, both at The GovLab: “In late July 2014, a sick passenger from Liberia traveled to Nigeria and brought the Ebola virus to Lagos, Africa’s largest city, with a population of 21 million. In response, government agencies, universities and hospitals collaborated with private telecommunications companies and healthcare organizations […]

Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

Majorities hope that more transparency and data sharing by government will help journalists cover government and make officials more accountable, but very few think that government agencies are doing a great job of providing useful data, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Open Patent Data: A Report on the Roundtable with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

On December 8, 2014, representatives from companies, nonprofits, and academic institutions convened with USPTO staff and leadership for a dialogue facilitated by the GovLab on data issues and potential solutions. A summary of that meeting, prepared by a GovLab Team headed by Joel Gurin in a “Report of Findings from an Open Data Roundtable with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office” has now been released.

From the Classroom to the Community: A Student’s Journey post-Solving Public Problems Using Technology

By: Laura E. Patterson Like many Millennials, I’ve always had an interest in creating a project that I believed could change the world in some small way. After graduation from undergrad, I accidentally ended up building a career in education, a field that I had an interest in, but I had always seen as a […]

Carl Malamud: How Citizens Can Force Governments to Change through Liberating our Data (at Scale!)

At the latest installment of the Ideas Lunch series, the GovLab hosted Carl Malamud, public domain advocate and founder of, a nonprofit organization that works to make government information more accessible. The talk centered on the role that citizens should play to free public information currently being held by government behind closed doors. His […]

Piotr Szpunar: The Problem of Internet Radicalization?

Piotr Szpunar, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, shared his ongoing research on the topic of Internet radicalization during a GovLab Ideas Lunch in March . The issues addressed during the talk relate to the GovLab’s broader work on Internet governance and identifying strategies for a more effective Internet governance […]