Tag Archives: Crowdsourcing

Fighting Zika: The Need for Sustained But Flexible Messaging

By Carlos Scartascini Over the last year, newspapers and television stations in the Americas have reported hundreds of stories about the Zika epidemic. The media is flooded with news accounts of people suffering from temporary paralysis, infants with brain damage, and the fears the virus has unleashed, especially among pregnant women. Yet despite these accounts — and […]

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Enhancing How Governments Assess Awareness of Zika

On August 31st, twenty-four experts from ten countries joined two dozen public officials from four Latin American countries in the first of six two-hour online conversations. In this first session, we focused on identifying novel strategies that governments can use to understand what different groups within the population do and do not understand about Zika. […]

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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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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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September 24th Global Online Conference on #CrowdLaw

On Thursday, September 24th from 9:30am – 11:30am EDT, The GovLab will host its third online gathering of CrowdLaw practitioners from around the world. This third installment in an ongoing series on the evolution of CrowdLaw — crowdsourced legislative and regulatory lawmaking — aims to enable participants to share their experiences and learn from one […]

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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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Toward More Inclusive Lawmaking: What We Know & Still Most Need to Know About Crowdlaw

On June 2, The GovLab Academy hosted its first online unconference bringing together leaders and practitioners of crowdlaw (i.e., crowdsourced development and drafting of legislation and/or constitutions). The goal of the session was to begin a dialogue between practitioners around establishing best practices for crowdlaw and to share what’s worked across the globe in an effort […]

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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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Announcing A CrowdLaw Unconference – June 2, 2014

On June 2 from 6pm – 8pm EST, GovLab Academy is hosting 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 […]

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