Data responsibility: a new social good for the information age

Stefaan G. Verhulst in The Conversation Global and at TedX MidAtlantic: “…What is less discussed, however, is that most data remains locked up and proprietary, the private property of companies, governments and other organisations. This limits its public benefits. Data responsibility can help organisations break down these private barriers and share their proprietary data for the public […]

Making Open Data more evidence-based: Toward a user-centric and interdisciplinary research agenda to advance open data.

Reposted from IODC2016 (Spanish version) – by Stefaan G. Verhulst and Danny Lämmerhirt Key take-aways from the Measurement Action Track at IODC 2016 During the IODC 2016, the “Action Track: Measurement and Increasing Impact” sought to review the need and role of research for (scaling) open data practice and policy. The track was informed by the […]

GovLab Index on Open Data – 2016 Edition

By Robert Montano and Prianka Srinivasan Please find below the latest installment in The GovLab Index series, inspired by Harper’s Index. “The GovLab Index: Open Data” provides an update on our previous Open Data installment, and highlights global trends in Open Data and the release of public sector information. Previous installments of the Index include […]

The Practice and Craft of Multistakeholder Governance

New paper by Stefaan G. Verhulst at Global Partners Digital : “In recent years, multistakeholderism has become something of a catchphrase in discussions of Internet governance. This follows decades of attempts to identify a system of governance that would be sufficiently flexible, yet at the same time effective enough to manage the decentralized, non-hierarchical global […]

Fighting Zika: The Need for Sustained But Flexible Messaging

By Carlos Scartascini Over the last year, newspapers and television stations in the Americas have reported hundreds of stories about the Zika epidemic. The media is flooded with news accounts of people suffering from temporary paralysis, infants with brain damage, and the fears the virus has unleashed, especially among pregnant women. Yet despite these accounts — and […]

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NEW e-BOOK: The Global Impact of Open Data

Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World By Stefaan Verhulst, and Andrew Young Publisher: O’Reilly Released: September 2016 Open data has spurred economic innovation, social transformation, and fresh forms of political and government accountability in recent years, but few people understand how open data works. This comprehensive 459-page report, developed with support from Omidyar […]

Enhancing How Governments Assess Awareness of Zika

On August 31st, twenty-four experts from ten countries joined two dozen public officials from four Latin American countries in the first of six two-hour online conversations. In this first session, we focused on identifying novel strategies that governments can use to understand what different groups within the population do and do not understand about Zika. […]

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A Revolutionary Toolbox

By Luis Loria  “People who think about social change in traditional political terms cannot begin to imagine the changes that lie ahead. Conventional reformers cast their programs in terms of national policies, or in terms of laws and central planning. But in the end, what will shape the future is a creative potential that inheres […]

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Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government: Technology and Innovation in the Next Administration

Blog by Dan Chenok and Haynes Cooney initially posted here : “When a new Administration takes office in January 2017, a new set of leaders will drive the nation’s innovation agenda. These leaders can build on significant progress from previous administrations, overcome continued challenges in modernizing technology infrastructure, enact flexible policies and regulations, and build innovation leadership and […]

Meet us in Paris?

For the third consecutive year The GovLab is getting ready to participate in the Open Government Partnership Global Summit. This year’s OGP Summit will be held in Paris, France on December 7th-9th. The annual event’s international collection of representatives from across sectors will once again “gather to share their experiences and best practices and push […]