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The GovLab Publishes Digital Compendium Showcasing Global Practices for Engaging the Public in Making Laws and Policies

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of the CrowdLaw Catalog, a compendium of real-world examples from 39 countries and six continents demonstrating how legislatures, parliaments, city councils, and public bodies around the world are leveraging technology to involve more people in the process of making policies […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing: A Global Online Conference for Public Entrepreneurship Learning

The GovLab and Politics for Tomorrow will convene the first in a series of quarterly online meetings to discuss the current state of governance innovation training. On Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 11:00 am EST / 5:00 pm CET, Professor Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The GovLab in the United States and Caroline Paulick Thiel, […]

Toward Data Driven Philanthropy

We live in an increasingly quantified world, one where data is driving key decisions. Data is claimed to provide the new competitive advantage for business, while making policy more evidence based. Yet, paradoxically, even as our reliance on data increases and the call for agile, data-driven decision making becomes more pronounced, the philanthropic sector has […]

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 […]