GovLab Figures Named to List of World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government

This press release was originally posted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on August 8, 2018. Global Policy Platform Apolitical Honors The Governance Lab Founders Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Governance innovation advocates Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst, the founding directors of The Governance […]

A hundred places where governments are using tech to crowdsource policy

This article was originally published in Apolitical on July 27, 2018. Available online here. While many pay lip service to the aspiration of government of, for and with the people, few understand how participation can produce more than criticism and complaint. We live in a world beset with ever more complex urban and global challenges, […]

We Need You: Open Peer Review of GovLab’s Blockchange Field Report

Open Peer Review at the GovLab One line of activity of The GovLab involves working with institutions to become more open to the insights and expertise of others toward making their own processes and outcomes more legitimate and effective. In the interest of “walking the talk,” the GovLab seeks to experiment with innovative and participatory […]

Information Asymmetries, Blockchain Technologies, and Social Change

Reflections on the potential (and challenges) of Distributed Ledgers for “Market for Lemons” Conditions (Cross-posted from Medium) “We live in a data age, and it has become common to extol the transformative power of data and information. It is now conventional to assume that many of our most pressing public problems—everything from climate change to […]

The GovLab Publishes Digital Compendium Showcasing Global Practices for Engaging the Public in Making Laws and Policies

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of the CrowdLaw Catalog, a compendium of real-world examples from 39 countries and six continents demonstrating how legislatures, parliaments, city councils, and public bodies around the world are leveraging technology to involve more people in the process of making policies […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing: A Global Online Conference for Public Entrepreneurship Learning

The GovLab and Politics for Tomorrow will convene the first in a series of quarterly online meetings to discuss the current state of governance innovation training. On Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11:00 am EST / 5:00 pm CET, Professor Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The GovLab in the United States and Caroline Paulick Thiel, […]

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 […]