Toward Data-Intensive Open Science: EU Open Access Envoy Jean-Claude Burgelman Reflects on the Open Science Movement

This article was originally published  on November 25, 2019 in Data & Policy, the peer-reviewed, open access venue dedicated to the potential of data science to address important policy challenges, by Andrew J. Zahuranec and Stefaan Verhulst Over his accomplished career, Jean-Claude Burgelman has served as a pioneer in identifying societal and technological trends that have the potential to transform […]

The GovLab and UNICEF Launch Responsible Data for Children (RD4C) Initiative

Thirty years ago today, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is now the most widely ratified treaty in the world. The world has achieved enormous progress in achieving the treaty’s goals, but new threats have emerged. Today’s children are quantified to an unprecedented degree. In our […]

Solving Public Problems with Collective Intelligence: how institutions and crowds can work together

By Matt Ryan, Senior Fellow, The GovLab Beth Simone Noveck, Director, The GovLab Peter Baeck, Head of the Center for Collective Intelligence Design, Nesta Around the globe there is increasing recognition that the traditional ways of solving public problems are insufficient for the challenges of the 21st century.  Political leaders, policy makers and service providers at […]

Making Women and Girls Data Visible: The GovLab and Data2X Facilitate Event on Big Data and Gender

By Andrew J. Zahuranec, Michelle Winowatan, and Stefaan Verhulst Five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly made achieving gender equality a Sustainable Development Goal, a global priority to achieve by 2030. Today, with only a decade remaining, the need for high-quality data to measure progress is more important than ever. The lack of gender-disaggregated […]

Linked democracy: Foundations, Tools and Applications

By Marta Poblet — Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia, Pompeu Casanovas — La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, and Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel — Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain   In May 1989, Tim Berners-Lee shared a paper with colleagues at CERN that proposed “hypertext” as a solution to address the problem of “information loss.” As he […]

Audrey Tang for The New York Times: A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy

This article was written by Audrey Tang, the Digital Minister of Taiwan, and was originally published in The New York Times on October 15, 2019. Democracy improves as more people participate. And digital technology remains one of the best ways to improve participation — as long as the focus is on finding common ground and creating […]

Raw data won’t solve our problems – asking the right questions will

This article was written by Stefaan G. Verhulst, co-founder of The GovLab, for Apolitical.  “If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the questions, and only five minutes finding the answers,” is a famous aphorism attributed to Albert Einstein. Behind this quote is an important insight about human […]

Reinventing how the public service works

This article was written by Maria Katsonis, Research Editor, The Mandarin. It was originally published on The Mandarin on August 20, 2019. There is a pervasive sense that governments are not doing as well as they should to solve our biggest policy problems. This failure to meet our most pressing challenges with yesterday’s public sector toolkit is […]

Today’s problems, yesterday’s toolkit: new report pinpoints the public problem solving skills gap

This article was originally published on August 14, 2019 on The Mandarin by the Mandarin staff journalists. A new report says public servants are being asked to solve today’s public problems with yesterday’s toolkit, and has proposed three focus areas to fix the skill gap and enable more public servants to become public entrepreneurs. The report, published […]

Politics with Michelle Grattan: on the ‘creeping crisis’ in the public service

  This piece was written by Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra, and was originally published on The Conversation. Scott Morrison has voiced his intention to shake up the federal public service – seeking to make it more efficient in implementing the government’s agenda. A review of the public service led by David Thodey is now finished. Meanwhile, […]