Event: A Digital Magna Carta – Internet Governance and a New Social Contract

Stefaan Verhulst, Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer at the Governance Lab, will participate in a panel today at New America NYC. The discussion will focus on the future of the Internet in an increasingly connected, globalized world. The event will be live streamed here and details are posted below. A Digital Magna Carta […]

Small Data Metadata – a Founding Principle, not an Afterthought

Small data are the digital traces that individuals generate as a byproduct of daily activities, such as sending e-mail or exercising with fitness trackers. [source: Workshop on Small Data Experimentation, call for papers] In this post, we advocate for the need to standardize metadata about small data and build tools to create, manage, process and […]

The GovLab SCAN – Issue 67

Highlights from this week’s Internet governance SCAN:

The French Interior Ministry blocked five websites deemed to promote terrorism, sparking concerns about freedom of expression;
Reuters is the most recent website to be blocked in China. Great Fire, a website that monitors blocked websites in China was also under fire from a strong DDOS attack this week. Many suspect the attack was initiated by the government;
The Global Commission on Internet Governance released a report that describes digital intelligence and promotes international norms in this area.

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Event: Financial Regulation Summit – Data Transparency Transformation

Financial Regulation Summit: Data Transparency Transformation presented by RR Donnelley March 24 Washington, DC Around the world, financial regulators are transforming document-based reporting requirements into standardized, machine-readable data. This data transparency transformation promises better accountability to investors, enhanced regulatory oversight through data analytics, and automated, cheaper compliance – but only if regulators adopt consistent data […]

Participatory Democracy’s Emerging Tools

Reprinted from Governing Magazine With Arnaud Sahuguet As we explore the role of new technologies in changing how government makes policies and delivers services, one form of technology is emerging that has the potential to foster decision-making that’s not only more effective but also more legitimate: platforms for organizing communication by groups across a distance. […]

OD500 Australia

The GovLab is pleased to announce that OD500 Australia became the newest member of the OD500 Global Network. Open Data 500 Australia is the first comprehensive study of Australian companies and NGOs that use open government data to generate new business, develop new products and services, improve business operations, and create social value. The collaboration […]

The GovLab Index: Prizes and Challenges

Please find below the latest installment in the GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index: Prizes and Challenges” highlights recent findings about two key techniques in shifting innovation from institutions to the general public: Prize-Induced Contests – using monetary rewards to incentivize individuals and other entities to develop solutions to public problems; […]

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Digital tools for participatory democracy

Arnaud Saughet (The GovLab) at Nesta: “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” – Winston Churchill “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”  – Winston Churchill In our last issue of Tech4Lab, GitHub: the Swiss army knife of civic […]

A “calculus” for open data

Arnaud Sahuguet (The GovLab) and David Sangokoya ( The GovLab) at Medium: “The value, impact and promise of making data publicly accessible have driven citizens, government agencies and businesses to embrace open data as a way to increase efficiency, promote transparency and maximize utility…..While the rise of the open data movement has led to numerous […]