Tag Archives: Legal and Policy Frameworks

The GovLab’s Open Governance Twitter Lists

To help map the field and provide a means for monitoring important developments, the GovLab has created a curated collection of Twitter lists featuring key open governance players and thinkers. The full Open Governance list includes over 150 must-follow accounts from across sectors and discipline areas. Twitter users can follow the full list and/or keep […]

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Operation Decode San Francisco Will Hack the City’s Legal Code – Vice: Using hackathons and APIs to open up city legal codes. Kickstarter says it consulted scientists before banning genetically-modified organisms – The Verge: Kickstarter bans its users from offering genetically-modified organisms as rewards to project backers. To what extent does this constitute a form of governance and what role […]

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OMB Memo: Start measuring, learning and innovating

Before we, as a society, try to change how we solve problems and plan new initiatives we need to know what has worked already and what hasn’t.  Over the past few decades there have been renewed calls to measure the impact of societal initiatives in order to allocate resources wisely and understand what to continue, […]

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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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“We need the brightest minds to help solve the biggest challenge”

President Obama: “We need the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges. In this democracy, we, the people, realize this government is ours. It’s up to each and every one of us to make it work better. And we all have a stake in our success.” Read the President’s full remarks here, and see all […]

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The past, present and future of a data-driven and socially networked world

A few pointers to the past, present and future of a data-driven and socially networked world…from today’s New York Times Sunday Review: The Past: Tom Standage on Social Networking in the 1600s and the lessons we can learn for current debates: “SOCIAL networks stand accused of being enemies of productivity. According to one popular (if […]

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Re-imagining How We Provide and Govern Health Care Using Open Data

Earlier this week, entrepreneurs, data scientists, doctors, health IT innovators, and representatives from Washington gathered for the 4th Annual Health Datapalooza Conference in Washington DC.  What started 4 years ago as a 45 person gathering, now attracts almost 2000 participants. The two-day event included breakout sessions and app demos that explored innovative ways to leverage […]

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Reputation Based Governance

Much has been written about Larry Lessig’s famous “code is law” paradigm, where software code is seen as a regulator that threatens our liberty in cyberspace. Less however is written about how software code can help enhance policy making in a smarter and less intrusive manner (Nick Grossman may call this Regulation 2.0). One such […]

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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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Internet and Democratic Accountability – The Rise of the Fifth Estate

Routledge released recently “Frontiers in New Media Research”  –  a book edited by Francis L.F. Lee, Louis Leung, Jack Linchuan Qiu, Donna S.C. Chu. The chapters “examine the implications of new media technologies on everyday life, existing social institutions, and the society at large at various levels of analysis”. Among the chapters include Prof. Dutton’s […]

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