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The Future of Democracy Lecture Series

Public trust in the government remains near historic lows. Only 18% of Americans say they trust the government in Washington to do what is right.  The lack of trust extends to democracy as well as government: another study finds that one-quarter of millennials say that “choosing leaders through free elections is unimportant.” With the rise […]

GovLab Figures Named to List of World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government

This press release was originally posted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering on August 8, 2018. Global Policy Platform Apolitical Honors The Governance Lab Founders Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – Governance innovation advocates Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst, the founding directors of The Governance […]

We Need You: Open Peer Review of GovLab’s Blockchange Field Report

Open Peer Review at the GovLab One line of activity of The GovLab involves working with institutions to become more open to the insights and expertise of others toward making their own processes and outcomes more legitimate and effective. In the interest of “walking the talk,” the GovLab seeks to experiment with innovative and participatory […]

Information Asymmetries, Blockchain Technologies, and Social Change

Reflections on the potential (and challenges) of Distributed Ledgers for “Market for Lemons” Conditions (Cross-posted from Medium) “We live in a data age, and it has become common to extol the transformative power of data and information. It is now conventional to assume that many of our most pressing public problems—everything from climate change to […]

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 […]