Upcoming Events

Nov 20 2019

Open science policies in Europe: Adapting science to the 21st century

On Wednesday, November 20, The GovLab presents its next ideas lunch featuring Jean-Claude Burgelman. RSVP link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-science-policies-in-europe-adapting-science-to-the-21st-century-tickets-79050996659 About this Event Drawing on his experiences as the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Jean-Claude Burgelman will discuss the potential of open science during this Ideas Lunch. Burgelman, who developed […]

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Past Events

Nov 12 2019

Big Data, Big Impact? The Future of Gender-Sensitive Data Systems

On Tuesday, November 12, join Data2X and The GovLab for a daylong convening exploring the intersection of big data, gender equality, and decision making. RSVP link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-data-big-impact-the-future-of-gender-sensitive-data-systems-registration-74744756579 About this Event Space is limited. For those who are attending the event in person, you must register through this page for security purposes. For those who cannot attend in […]

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Dec 03 2018

Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat

You’re invited to hear noted researcher Marion Nestle discuss the intersection of marketing and science in the food industry as she discusses her new book, “Unsavory Truth: How Food Companies Skew the Science of What We Eat.” With Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor and Professor Emerita, NFS, NYU Steinhardt. Hosted by, Beth Simone Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, The […]

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Oct 08 2018

The Future of Governments, from Data to A.I.

The Future of Democracy Working Group at the Institute for Public Knowledge and the GovLab at NYU invite you to a conversation between César A. Hidalgo and José L. Martí. In recent years, we have seen many efforts to distribute government data. These efforts, however, often fall short in terms of their ability to integrate data, or visualize it. As a result, we […]

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Sep 26 2018

Collective Intelligence and Democracy

The Future of Democracy Working Group at the Institute for Public Knowledge and the GovLab at NYU invite you to join a conversation and lunch with Geoff Mulgan. The best political systems harness and amplify the brainpower of their citizens. The worst do the opposite. Around the world, many experiments are underway to tap collective intelligence – from neighborhoods […]

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Sep 20 2018

Government By The People, With the People: How g0v.tw is Transforming gov.tw, Four Years After the Sunflower Occupy Movement

The Future of Democracy Working Group at the Institute for Public Knowledge and the GovLab at NYU invite you to a conversation between Audrey Tang and Beth Simone Noveck. The discussion will explore how civic technology is enabling new and improved forms of citizen participation, deliberation, and collaboration between government and the public, helping public institutions to benefit from […]

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Jul 12 2018

Balancing Act: Innovation vs. Privacy in the Age of Data Portability

Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 2 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP here. The ability of people to move or copy data about themselves from one service to another — data portability — has been hailed as a way of increasing competition and driving innovation. In many areas, such as through the Open Banking initiative […]

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May 25 2017

Reinventing – not Disrupting – the Role of Government Through Blockchain Technology

Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Room 9009, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here The use of permissioned blockchains in the public sector has the potential to create a new balance point between two extremes: pure algorithmic governance (e.g., Bitcoin) and pure human governance (e.g., your local city council). This talk will explore […]

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Mar 02 2017

Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century?

Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here   Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century? Learning from History: From a Century of Oil to a Century of Data Oil dominated our economies throughout the 20th century, strategies for access to oil influenced foreign policies and […]

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Feb 16 2017

Connecting Government with Outside Expertise via Natural Language Processing

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 RSVP here Getting outside expertise is essential to improving the quality of decisionmaking in government. While universities are a storehouse of knowledge and experience, public officials often turn to lobbyists, think tanks and interest groups, instead, because of the […]

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Oct 27 2016

Hacking Parliament

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor.  Please RSVP here. In this talk Cristiano Ferri, Director of the Brazilian Parliament’s Hacker Lab and author of The Open Parliament in the Age of the Internet, will highlight several open innovation (aka “crowdlaw”) experiments that the HackerLab is undertaking at the […]

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Jun 02 2016

Crowdsourcing A Meeting of Minds: Designing the Future of Work

Tuesday, June 2, 2016, 12:30-2pm, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Fl, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here Crowdsourcing is an increasingly powerful method where computation guides many amateurs’ efforts in order to recreate an expert’s abilities. However, across domains from design to engineering to art, few goals are truly the effort of just one person — even one […]

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May 02 2016

The Finance Innovation Lab – A Strategy for Systems Change

Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 12:30-2pm @The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn, 11201 RSVP here When crisis hits, how do you organize a diverse, disgruntled and disparate group of people to take action together? Rachel Sinha of the UK Finance Innovation Lab, will share stories, strategies and key lessons from seven years co-leading the […]

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Apr 14 2016

Fighting corruption with advocacy, tech and civic engagement

Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here In 2015, the public learned of a series of political corruption scandals in Chile. The Smart Citizen Foundation (Fundación Ciudadano Inteligente) decided to lead the fight against corruption with a new approach: file lawsuits against politicians accused of […]

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Feb 09 2016

Participatory Budgeting and Civic Innovation in the Digital Age

Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201 RSVP here Hollie Russon Gilman will speak about her new book, Democracy Reinvented, the first comprehensive academic treatment of participatory budgeting in the United States. Participatory budgeting empowers citizens to identify community needs, work with elected officials to craft budget proposals, […]

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Jan 26 2016

Designing a Public Sector Innovation Lab

Designing a Public Sector Innovation Lab MindLab, existing since 2002, is the longest living public sector innovation lab. MindLab runs design-led projects to create policies and services that deliver better outcomes for people and society. Through the use of ethnography and design methods, like rapid prototyping and testing, MindLab involves citizens in the development of […]

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Nov 19 2015

Portraits in Data

On November 19, R. Luke DuBois shared his work and perception on data and arts in the GovLab offices. DuBois holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations and was […]

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Sep 24 2015

A growing community of global #CrowdLaw practitioners

Co-authored by Julia Root On September 24th, The GovLab held its third online global conference on #CrowdLaw. Practitioners from 16 countries discussed the challenges and lessons learned when crowdsourcing legislation and constitutions. The session including lightning talks by practitioners with projects from Austria, Brazil, Chile, Finland, United States, Morocco, Libya and Spain and then a […]

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Sep 04 2015

Open Source Drug Discovery: Curing Neglected Diseases With Crowdsourcing

RSVP here.  Professor Samir Brahmachari’s lecture will focus on the use of open innovation, citizen science and crowdsourcing to accelerate and lower the cost of drug development to achieve “affordable healthcare for all.”  He will tell the story of the Open Source Drug Discovery project (OSDD), which has been accelerating groundbreaking innovation in the design […]

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Jul 15 2015

Data-Driven Tensions in Human Rights

RSVP here.  The application of data-driven tools and technologies to address human rights issues is gaining traction. Collecting and analyzing data from various digital sources offers promising methods for monitoring or intervening in instances of abuse, exploitation, or victimization. Yet practitioners, researchers, and policymakers face unique challenges and opportunities when assessing technological benefit, risk, and […]

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Jul 09 2015

Advancing Children’s Learning in a Digital Age

​RSVP here. Advancing Children’s Learning in a Digital Age Michael Levine, Founding Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, will be discussing his new book Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens. With Tap, Click Read, Lisa Guernsey of New America and Michael Levine tackle some of the […]

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May 15 2015

Event Recap and Key Takeaways: The Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security #SIPACyber

Last week, the GovLab participated in the Conference on Internet Governance and Cyber-Security, held at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in collaboration with The Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG). The event spanned two days and covered several pressing topics in Internet governance, including privacy, freedom of expression, cross-border data flows, and […]

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May 13 2015

Event Today: Internet Governance and Citizen Engagement – Why think of them together?

Today at 4:30 pm, GovLab Founder and Director Beth Noveck will lead a discussion about how citizen engagement can lead to more effective and legitimate Internet governance. Professor Noveck will be joined by Ronald Lemos, Director of the Institute for Technology and Society. The event will take place at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in […]

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Apr 20 2015

Event: Will the “Internet of Things” Set Us Free or Lock Us Up?

The Institute for Public Knowledge and The Governance Lab (GovLab) invite you to join us for a conversation with Philip Howard and Clive Thompson on Howard’s new book Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.

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Mar 27 2015

How Citizens Can Force Government To Change: Liberating Our Data (At Scale!)

RSVP here. How Citizens Can Force Government To Change: Liberating Our Data (At Scale!) When a government bureaucracy is not working the way you think it should be, what can you do to make it change? In this Ideas Lunch, Carl Malamud will discuss techniques and tactics his nonprofit organization uses to cajole large government […]

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Feb 27 2015

Measuring the Results of Public Investment in R&D Using Big Data

RSVP here. Measuring the Results of Public Investment in R&D Using Big Data Investments in R&D have become an important policy lever for stimulating regional and national economic growth; competitiveness agendas routinely institute policies to support research. In the United States alone, R&D expenditures account for more than $150 billion a year and European nations […]

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