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Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

According to the World Health Organization, vectors, those living organisms that transmit diseases between humans or from animals to humans, such as mosquitos, account for more than 17% of all infectious diseases, causing more than 1 million deaths annually. Although than 2.5 billion people in over 100 countries are at risk of contracting Dengue alone, […]

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The European Food Safety Authority Looks to Study the Impact of Crowdsourcing Food Risk Assessment

On World Food Day in October 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), announced that it would “explore the future challenges and the latest thinking and techniques on openness that will assist the organization in moving beyond dialogue towards sustainable stakeholder interaction.”[1] The initiative from the advisory body mandated to perform risk assessment, provide scientific […]

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How do we maximize and sustain participation in the #CrowdLaw process?

Co-authored by Julia Root This post is second in a series of four “reports from the field” on #crowdlaw First blog On September 24,The GovLab hosted it’s third online global conference on #CrowdLaw. This event is designed specifically for field practitioners and advocates to share experiences and connect with others who share similar goals but […]

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A growing community of global #CrowdLaw practitioners

Co-authored by Julia Root On September 24th, The GovLab held its third online global conference on #CrowdLaw. Practitioners from 16 countries discussed the challenges and lessons learned when crowdsourcing legislation and constitutions. The session including lightning talks by practitioners with projects from Austria, Brazil, Chile, Finland, United States, Morocco, Libya and Spain and then a […]

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A modern wiki for a modern internet: the Smallest Federated Wiki on The GovLab’s Demos for Democracy

Recently, we held the second session of the relaunched Demos for Democracy program. The program holds interactive online introductions to some of the latest tools designed to bring greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. We offer these in an effort to jumpstart conversation about what works and what doesn’t, and to provide developers an interested […]

The GovLab: Demos for Democracy features remesh, a Platform for Group Communication

The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern. Who: remesh, founded by PhD students Andrew Konya and Aaron Slodov, is an online public platform that offers a […]

The GovLab Selected Readings on Crowdsourcing Expertise (Updated and Expanded)

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, we explore the literature on Crowdsourcing Expertise. To suggest additional readings on […]

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Crowdlaw in Action: Details & A Preview of Next Week’s Online Event

On June 2, GovLab Academy will host the first of two online “unconferences” to bring together leaders and practitioners of crowdlaw, including online legislative drafting and constitution writing organizers and platform creators. We are organizing this opportunity to learn from one another about what works, what doesn’t and what to do better to promote the institutionalization of […]

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Redesigning Government Spending: Senate Gives Green Light to DATA

Last Thursday marked an important milestone in open governance: the Senate passed the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA) – a piece of federal legislation designed to leverage open and standardized data to increase accountability and transparency in U.S. Federal government spending and reporting. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced the Senate version of DATA in […]

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