Hacking Parliament

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:30-2pm @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor.  Please RSVP here.

In this talk Cristiano Ferri, Director of the Brazilian Parliament’s Hacker Lab and author of The Open Parliament in the Age of the Internet, will highlight several open innovation (aka “crowdlaw”) experiments that the HackerLab is undertaking at the Brazilian House of Representatives and lay out their political, social and organizational impacts and challenges. HackerLab is the only public lab built in and totally funded by a legislature. The talk will conclude by outlining the future of crowdlaw and the research agenda needed to assess its effectiveness and legitimacy.

Cristiano Ferri is currently Director of the Hacker Laboratory in the Brazilian House of Representatives.  He has developed and managed the legislative e-Democracy Program at the House. As House’s senior official since 1993, his main fields of interest and expertise are lawmaking, public labs, open parliament, participation, parliamentary informatics, transparency, open innovation in public sector and quality of law (legistic). Faria is also a research associate from Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a PhD in sociology and political science at the Institute for Social and Political Studies, State University from Rio de Janeiro and a Master of Science in public policy from Queen Mary’s College, University of London.