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Starting with NYC, new initiative weighs pros and cons of data re-use for COVID-19 and future threats

BROOKLYN, New York, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – The Governance Lab (The GovLab), an action research center at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, announced the creation of The Data Assembly. Beginning in New York City, the effort will explore how communities perceive the risks and […]

How Data Can Map and Make Racial Inequality More Visible (If Done Responsibly)

The piece is supplemented by a crowdsourced listing of Data-Driven Efforts to Address Racial Inequality. NOTES The GovLab developed this living reflection document with diverse input from our network to help identify the opportunities, risks, challenges, and lessons about the use of data to make racial inequalities more visible and the ways it may be […]

Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress Hosts Virtual Member Discussion

This release was originally written and distributed by The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress on May 7, 2020. Members were joined by two guest speakers to discuss committee continuity and remote operations Washington, D.C. – The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress (“Select Committee”) held a virtual discussion with two guest speakers to discuss the […]

Launch: Responsible Data for Children (RD4C) Toolkit

The GovLab and UNICEF, as part of the Responsible Data for Children initiative (RD4C), are pleased to share a set of lightweight and user-friendly tools to support organizations and practitioners seeking to operationalize the RD4C Principles. These principles—Purpose-Driven, People-Centric, Participatory, Protective of Children’s Rights, Proportional, Professionally Accountable, and Prevention of Harms Across the Data Lifecycle—are especially important in the […]

Continuity in Legislatures Amid COVID-19: An Updated Snapshot

By Sam DeJohn, Anirudh Dinesh, and Dane Gambrell As COVID-19 changes how we work, governments everywhere are experimenting with new ways to adapt and continue legislative operations under current physical restrictions. From city councils to state legislatures and national parliaments, more public servants are embracing and advocating for the use of new technologies to convene, deliberate, and […]

From Idea to Reality: Why We Need an Open Data Policy Lab

The belief that we are living in a data age—one characterized by unprecedented amounts of data, with unprecedented potential—has  become mainstream. We regularly read phrases such as “data is the most valuable commodity in the global economy” or that data provides decision-makers with an “ever-swelling flood of information.” Without doubt, there is truth in such […]

LAUNCH: The Responsible Data for Children (RD4C) Case Studies

This week, as part of the Responsible Data for Children initiative (RD4C), the GovLab and UNICEF launched a new case study series to provide insights on promising practice as well as barriers to realizing responsible data for children. Drawing upon field-based research and established good practice, RD4C aims to highlight and support responsible handling of […]

Do You Have COVID-19 Questions? We Have Answers: Ask a Scientist Launches

This blog post was written by Kathryn Kohn and originally appeared in the Federation of American Scientists blog on March 18, 2020. Today, the Federation of American Scientists, The Governance Lab at New York University Tandon School of Engineering, and the State of New Jersey Office of Innovation launched a free interactive tool to help answer the public’s questions on COVID-19 virus in English […]

The future of work is having a midlife crisis

Policymakers should ask more questions and focus less on their favourite answers This article was written by Jeffrey Brown, Head of Technology Policy at the Bertelsmann Foundation and Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder of The GovLab. It was originally published on Apolitical on March 16, 2020. Workers around the world are starting to realise the myriad ways […]

Call for Action: Toward Building the Data Infrastructure and Ecosystem We Need to Tackle Pandemics and Other Dynamic Societal and Environmental Threats

Today, in response to the growing human tragedy caused by the spread of COVID-19, concerned individuals and organizations from around the world launched a call for action aimed at rapidly bolstering society’s ability to leverage data to respond to the current and future pandemics.  Read and sign the Call for Action here.  In particular, seven […]