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New ACM Journal Co-edited by Beth Simone Noveck and Soon Ae Chun Explores How Technology Is Transforming Government

This press release was originally published on on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). In Inaugural Issue, Pioneers Look at the Development and Future of Digital Democracy New York, NY, February 25, 2020 – ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, today announced the inaugural issue of Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV), a new interdisciplinary open access journal on […]

The GovLab and the Bertelsmann Foundation launch the 100 Questions “Future of Work” domain

BROOKLYN, New York, February 11, 2020 — The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Bertelsmann Foundation have partnered to launch the “Future of Work” domain of The 100 Questions Initiative, an effort to identify the most important societal questions for which greater access to data and data science methods […]

Responsible Data for Children (RD4C): 10 Takeaways from the Literature

In late 2019, The GovLab and UNICEF launched Responsible Data for Children (RD4C), an initiative providing guidance, tools, and leadership to support the responsible handling of data for and about children. We shared the first outputs from the initiative in November, including an annotated collection of Selected Readings on RD4C, a report synthesizing lessons learned […]

Announcing the launch of the GovLab’s CrowdLaw for Congress project

The GovLab at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering is pleased to announce the launch of CrowdLaw for Congress (congress.crowd.law) — a free, online course and resource kit including training videos, case studies and a “playbook” of practical strategies showcasing how and why legislatures are using technology to engage the public in lawmaking The initiative, […]

Public Entrepreneurship and Policy Engineering

By Beth Simone Noveck This article was originally published in Communications of the ACM. Science and technology have progressed exponentially, making it possible for humans to live longer, healthier, more creative lives. The explosion of Internet and mobile phone technologies have increased trade, literacy, and mobility.11 At the same time, life expectancy for the poor has […]

How the Data That Internet Companies Collect Can Be Used for the Public Good

Stefaan G. Verhulst and Andrew Young at Harvard Business Review: “…In particular, the vast streams of data generated through social media platforms, when analyzed responsibly, can offer insights into societal patterns and behaviors. These types of behaviors are hard to generate with existing social science methods. All this information poses its own problems, of complexity and […]

Could crowdsourcing expertise be the future of government?

Beth Noveck in the Guardian: “We lack public institutions – a participatory bureaucracy and open parliamentary processes – that know how to tap into the collective intelligence of our communities, and draw power from the participation of the many, rather than the few. It is the absence of these open institutions, and the resulting failure […]