Tag Archives: Information Sharing

… the best practices for designing, funding, incentivizing and implementing Grand Challenges and how to measure their impact

What is the role of government in solving really big problems? Is it the government’s place to set the research agenda for the private and NGO sectors through grand challenges? How can we facilitate open and transparent sharing of ideas and solutions between the individuals, organizations and broad sectors engaged with grand challenges? Can we […]

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GovLab Editorial Board Meeting Links, 7/23/13

Health Insurer’s App Helps Users Track Themselves – MIT Technology Review: “CarePass can integrate data from wearable tracking devices like Fitbit or Jawbone’s UP, as well as apps like MapMyRun; it can take into account doctor visits, prescriptions, and blood pressure or cholesterol records. It will also point users to trustworthy symptom and diagnosis information through iTriage, software that […]

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GovLab Editorial Meeting Links, 7/12/13 — The Syria Conflict

Report: Web-monitoring devices made by US firm Blue Coat detected in Iran, Sudan – Washington Post: Blue Coat Systems produces network security equipment which shields against unwanted elements such as computer viruses. The equipment can also be used to limit communications, so it’s tagged as “dual use.” In Syria, for example, Blue Coat devices have been […]

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IRS: Turn over a new leaf, Open up Data

Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst in Forbes: “The core task for Danny Werfel, the new acting commissioner of the IRS, is to repair the agency’s tarnished reputation and achieve greater efficacy and fairness in IRS investigations. Mr. Werfel can show true leadership by restructuring how the IRS handles its tax-exempt enforcement processes. One of […]

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… how government can develop the capacity to make the most of Prize-Induced Contests

Can we develop a simple test or set of metrics to determine if a given problem would be a strong candidate for a prize-induced contest? Design Best Practices How can we facilitate open and transparent sharing of ideas and solutions between the individuals, organizations and broad sectors engaged with grand challenges? How should government agencies […]

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… the best practices for designing, funding, incentivizing and implementing Prize-Induced Contests and how to measure their impact

Can we develop a simple test or set of metrics to determine if a given problem would be a strong candidate for a prize-induced contest? Design Best Practices How can we facilitate open and transparent sharing of ideas and solutions between the individuals, organizations and broad sectors engaged with grand challenges? How should government agencies […]

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Crowdsourcing the monitoring of human rights violations

Much attention recently has been paid to how the proliferation of cheaper technologies has enabled crowdsourced monitoring and crisis mapping through organizations and platforms like the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF), Ushahidi and Lord’s Resistance Army Crisis Tracker. Contributing to this debate, Todd Landman and Jonathan Crook, both from the University of Essex, are scheduled to […]

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Opening Government Reflections of the Week

Geoff Mulgan, in his article “Systems Success, Failure & Rebirth,” argues that entrenched systems inevitably demand reform: “Seen in the long view, however, there are signs that we are on the cusp of another jump forward in collective intelligence. A financial system that had lost sight of its role as a servant of the real economy […]

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The Open Government Revolution: the Day After the Arab Spring

IN BRIEF: Governments exist to organize the transmission of information and expertise to and from citizens, but our current system of information flow is designed for an earlier age of communication. Scientists have recently begun to see flow as a defining feature of systems, offering insight into the pervasive public dissatisfaction with our current institutions. […]

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