The GovLab Selected Readings on the Economic Impact of Open Data

Ainsley Sutherland and Robyn Caplan also contributed to this post.  As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of opening governance by organizing and disseminating its learnings, the GovLab Selected Readings series provides an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on key opening governance topics. In this edition, […]

How to harness the wisdom of crowds to improve public service delivery and policymaking

Eddie Copeland in PolicyBytes: “…In summary, government has used technology to streamline transactions and better understand the public’s opinions. Yet it has failed to use it to radically change the way it works. Have public services been reinvented? Is government smaller and leaner? Have citizens, businesses and civic groups been offered the chance to take […]

OkCupid reveals it’s been lying to some of its users. Just to see what’ll happen.

Brian Fung in the Washington Post: “It turns out that OkCupid has been performing some of the same psychological experiments on its users that landed Facebook in hot water recently. In a lengthy blog post, OkCupid cofounder Christian Rudder explains that OkCupid has on occasion played around with removing text from people’s profiles, removing photos, […]

The Social Laboratory

Shane Harris in Foreign Policy: “…, Singapore has become a laboratory not only for testing how mass surveillance and big-data analysis might prevent terrorism, but for determining whether technology can be used to engineer a more harmonious society….Months after the virus abated, Ho and his colleagues ran a simulation using Poindexter’s TIA ideas to see […]

Crowdsourcing Ideas to Accelerate Economic Growth and Prosperity through a Strategy for American Innovation

Jason Miller and Tom Kalil at the White House Blog: “America’s future economic growth and international competitiveness depend crucially on our capacity to innovate. Creating the jobs and industries of the future will require making the right investments to unleash the unmatched creativity and imagination of the American people. We want to gather bold ideas for […]

Unleashing Climate Data to Empower America’s Agricultural Sector

Secretary Tom Vilsack and John P. Holdren at the White House Blog: “Today, in a major step to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative, the Obama administration is inviting leaders of the technology and agricultural sectors to the White House to discuss new collaborative steps to unleash data that will help ensure our food system […]

Request for Proposals: Exploring the Implications of Government Release of Large Datasets

“The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft are issuing this request for proposals (RFP) to fund scholarly inquiry to examine the civil rights, human rights, security and privacy issues that arise from recent initiatives to release large datasets of government information to the public for analysis and reuse.  This research may help ground […]