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Data Stewards: Data Leadership to Address the Challenges of the 21st Century

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of its Data Stewards website — a new portal for connecting organizations across sectors that seek to promote responsible data leadership that can address the challenges of the 21st century — developed with generous support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. […]

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If, When and How Blockchain Technologies Can Provide Civic Change

By Stefaan G. Verhulst and Andrew Young The hype surrounding the potential of blockchain technologies– the distributed ledger technology (DLT) undergirding cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin – to transform the way industries and sectors operate and exchange records is reaching a fever pitch. Source: Top Trends in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 Governments and civil society […]

CrowdLaw Interviews: The future of participatory law-making

By Victoria Alsina and Anirudh Dinesh. Watch what the experts we convened at the Rockefeller Conference Center in Bellagio had to say about the future of CrowdLaw In March 2018, the GovLab convened a group of experts from diverse backgrounds to discuss the challenges, opportunities and the future of “CrowdLaw”- a term we use to describe […]

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, […]

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. […]

The Open Governance Research eXchange (OGRX) expands to include 999 Papers and 18 Partners – Help us meet new milestones in 2018!

The Open Governance Research eXchange (OGRX) began with a few ideas and a few key partners seeking to develop answers and solutions to an important question: How to make  governance innovation more evidence based by making key findings on what works and why more accessible? An ever-changing landscape not only requires innovation in how we […]