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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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Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

According to the World Health Organization, vectors, those living organisms that transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitos, account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually. Although than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting Dengue alone, […]

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Mexicans Use CrowdLaw to Fight Corruption

Corruption affects a country’s delivery of public services, economic growth, perception of legality, and social fabric. Although in its multiple forms corruption is present in every country, in some countries it has larger and more dangerous repercussions than in others. The scale of corruption in Mexico is asphyxiating: 9% of GDP, according to the World […]

#CrowdLaw — On the Verge of Disruptive Change….Designing to Scale Impact

Coauthored by Maria Hermosilla This post is third in series of four “reports from the field” on #crowdlaw On September 24th, The GovLab held its third online global conference on Crowd Law. The goal of these peer-to-peer learning events are to deepen the collective understanding of what works, connect practitioners across the world and accelerate […]

How do we maximize and sustain participation in the #CrowdLaw process?

Co-authored by Julia Root This post is second in a series of four “reports from the field” on #crowdlaw First blog On September 24,The GovLab hosted it’s third online global conference on #CrowdLaw. This event is designed specifically for field practitioners and advocates to share experiences and connect with others who share similar goals but […]

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September 24th Global Online Conference on #CrowdLaw

On Thursday, September 24th from 9:30am – 11:30am EDT, The GovLab will host its third online gathering of CrowdLaw practitioners from around the world. This third installment in an ongoing series on the evolution of CrowdLaw — crowdsourced legislative and regulatory lawmaking — aims to enable participants to share their experiences and learn from one […]

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The GovLab: Demos for Democracy features remesh, a Platform for Group Communication

The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. Who: remesh, founded by PhD students Andrew Konya and Aaron Slodov, is an online public platform that offers a […]

A World Of Wikipedia And Bitcoin: Is That The Promise Of Open Collaboration?

Science 2.0: “Open Collaboration, defined in a new paper as “any system of innovation or production that relies on goal-oriented yet loosely coordinated participants who interact to create a product (or service) of economic value, which they make available to contributors and non-contributors alike” brought the world Wikipedia, Bitcoin and, yes, even Science 2.0. But […]