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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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Swipe right to fix the world: can Tinder-like tech match solutions to problems?

There is a proliferation of technology that helps us match talent with need. If privacy is protected in the process, this development could have a high impact Reprinted from The Guardian (Dec. 29, 2015) Everyday, millions of people use apps like Tinder to find a romantic match. What if governments used similar technology to match the […]

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Using ReadrBoard at the GovLab

In-line content annotation platforms, like the popular Rap Genius, allow people to collaborate around content by bringing their diverse input and knowledge to bear in a targeted way. Because they allow users to comment on and react to content with a great deal of precision, in-line annotation-tools allow for previously unattainable levels of publisher-reader interaction. […]

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The GovLab’s ExpertNet Living Lab, A Collaboration with the City of Buenos Aires

As part of its ongoing inquiry into Smarter Governance, the GovLab is undertaking an expertise-identification and matching project with the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, called ExpertNet. ExpertNet seeks to expand what we know by going beyond titles to capture a broad picture of people’s expertise. Useful expertise goes beyond what shows up in formal […]

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The GovLab Living Labs: Experiments in Smarter Governance

Improving people’s lives by changing how we govern. Current societal problems demand radical innovation in how we govern. Policy makers around the world are facing increasingly complex and interconnected societal challenges: How can we provide health care for everyone at lower cost; reduce poverty and economic inequality; reduce and prevent obesity; redesign urban environments; fight […]

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