Data Collaboration and Data Responsibility for Migration

Today, the GovLab is pleased to share three resources examining how private data sources, when leveraged responsibly and collaboratively, can provide insights for addressing the challenges and opportunities of migration. As it stands, the UN estimates that about 258 million people across the globe live in a country other than the one in which they were born, […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Data Responsibility, Refugees and Migration

By Kezia Paladina, Alexandra Shaw, Michelle Winowatan, Stefaan Verhulst, and Andrew Young 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. Special […]

More Than A Coin: The Rise Of Civic Cryptocurrency

Co-written by Victoria Alsina. Originally published in Forbes on March 27, 2018. Available online here. The comedian John Oliver dedicated a recent episode of Last Week Tonight to discuss cryptocurrencies, “the virtual currencies that combine everything you don’t understand about money…with everything you don’t understand about computers.” Cryptocurrencies are alternative digital mechanisms for exchanging value. They have […]

CrowdLaw: Transparency and Participation

On March 13-17, 2018 The GovLab brought together two dozen crowdlaw experts from around the world to collaborate on developing new ways to include more and more diverse opinions and expertise at every stage of the law- and policy-making process. The convening was held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s famed Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. This post […]

CrowdLaw as a tool for open governance

On March 13-17, 2018 The GovLab brought together two dozen crowdlaw experts from around the world to collaborate on developing new ways to include more and more diverse opinions and expertise at every stage of the law- and policy-making process. The convening was held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s famed Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy. This post […]

CrowdLaw: People-led Innovation in Urban Lawmaking

By Victoria Alsina Beginning today, the GovLab is organizing a three-day conference taking place in the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center located at the heart of Lake Como in Northern Italy. We start from the premise that crowdlaw, especially at the municipal level, could offer the potential for a two-way conversation that could channel more and […]

If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Open Data

Anniversaries allow us to pause, reflect and consider plans for what can come next. The second annual NYC Open Data Week, taking place from March 3-10, 2018, provides a similar occasion for members of the burgeoning open data movement to take stock of the distance traveled and consider strategies for advancing to the next stage. […]

Where and when AI and CI meet: exploring the intersection of artificial and collective intelligence toward the goal of innovating how we govern

Stefaan Verhulst in the Journal AI and Society: “This paper seeks to explore the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Collective Intelligence (CI), within the context of innovating how we govern. It starts from the premise that advances in technology provide policy makers with two important new assets: data and connected people. The application of […]

New Wine And New Bottles: The Promise Of Research In The Age Of Big Data

Originally published in Forbes on February 20, 2018. Read the article here. A review of Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Matthew J. Salganik, Princeton University Press, 2017. 445 pp. The Promise of Research for Business Popular consumer web platforms use online controlled experiments known as A/B tests to compare the effect […]