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Legislature 2.0: CrowdLaw and the Future of Lawmaking

By Beth Noveck, Gabriella Capone and Victoria Alsina Re-Imagining Lawmaking With rates of trust in government at all-time lows, the legitimacy and effectiveness of traditional representative models of lawmaking, typically dominated by political party agendas and conducted by professional staff and politicians working behind largely closed doors, are called into question. But technology offers the […]

NEW book: Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How

Yesterday, we launched in Washington DC our latest (open access) book on “Open Data in Developing Economies: Toward Building an Evidence Base on What Works and How“. Publisher African Minds “Recent years have witnessed considerable speculation about the potential of open data to bring about wide-scale transformation. The bulk of existing evidence about the impact […]

Beyond Protest: Examining the Decide Madrid Platform for Public Engagement

Introduction Recently, Pablo Soto Bravo, Madrid City Council Member, computer programmer and the city’s lead for public engagement, spoke at an event in New York on “Restoring Trust in Government” on the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly. “Why should we trust government,” he asked, adding “the people don’t trust governments…they’re right not to […]

Blockchange: Blockchain Technologies for Social Change

The GovLab is pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative seeking to assess the potential of blockchain technologies for social change, or “Blockchange.” With support from the Rockefeller Foundation, we will seek to: Map Blockchange practices as it relates to providing trusted digital identity, including an assessment of enabling challenges and risks; Identify […]

The GovLab Releases Report Analyzing How Social Media Data Can Be Utilized For Public Good

BROOKLYN, New York – Today, The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering published a new report detailing how social media data and analytical expertise can solve pressing public problems. “The Potential of Social Media Intelligence to Improve People’s Lives: Social Media Data for Good,” developed with support from Facebook, Inc., also outlines […]

Introducing the Digital Policy Model Canvas

Digital change and innovation continue to throw up both unprecedented challenges and new opportunities for policymakers around the world. Adapting to the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is one of the main tasks confronting leaders across business, government and civil society. Yesterday, the National Digital Policy Network of the World Economic Forum, of which I am […]

The GovLab Releases Groundbreaking Report Detailing Why and How Open Data Matters for Developing Economies

New Report Provides Framework to Understand Evidence and Improve Future Open Data Initiatives; Expands Insights and Practices Gathered from 12 Case Studies of Developing Economies; Identifies 27 Success Factors in a Unique Periodic Table of Open Data; and Offers Recommendations BROOKLYN, New York –Today, The Governance Lab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering has […]

The GovLab Index: Collective Intelligence

By Hannah Pierce and Audrie Pirkl Please find below the next installment in The GovLab Index series inspired by the Harper’s Index. Following the 2017 Collective Intelligence Conference, this installment highlights outcomes, impacts and trends related to efforts to tap into collective intelligence toward solving public problems. We begin with a selection of statistics across […]

Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption

“Introducing the Smarter Crowdsourcing Against Corruption Initiative,” reposted from The Smarter Crowdsourcing Blog by Dinorah Cantu and Beth Simone Noveck The GovLab: “To identify and implement innovative approaches for fighting corruption, we at The Governance Lab (GovLab) are partnering with Mexico’s Secretaría de la Función Pública (Secretariat of the Civil Service) and the Inter-American Development Bank… […]