By Beth Simone Noveck

This is an excerpt from the testimony delivered to members of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations during a hearing, titled “Fake It till They Make It: How Bad Actors Use Astroturfing to Manipulate Regulators, Disenfranchise Consumers, and Subvert the Rulemaking Process,” which was held on February 6, 2020.

Download the full written testimony here and find more information about the hearing here.

Testimony of Beth Simone Noveck, Professor and Director, The Governance Lab, New York University


Chairwoman Waters, Ranking Member McHenry, thank you for the opportunity to participate in today’s House Financial Services Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing: “Fake It till They Make It: How Bad Actors Use Astroturfing to Manipulate Regulators, Disenfranchise Consumers, and Subvert the Rulemaking Process.” …

On November 10, 2020, the Committee on House Administration issued a staff report about the technological feasibility of remote voting in the US House of Representatives.

Marketplace Tech correspondent Amy Scott recently interviewed Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The GovLab, about the opportunities that remote voting presents for Congress to increase the diversity of participation in committee hearings, to support contingency plans in case of future disasters, and to create new opportunities for the public to participate in the lawmaking process. …

Learn how to initiate a data strategy in the public interest from key players in the field

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Photo by Unsplash/Nick Morrison is licensed under CC0

Today, the Open Data Policy Lab is excited to announce a first ever online executive course on Data Stewardship: Developing a Data Reuse Strategy for Solving Public Problems to give leaders in the public sector, private sector, and civil institutions the skills they need to address today’s challenges with data.

The GovLab established this executive education course based on several years of research and practice aimed at enabling more systematic, sustainable, and responsible data reuse and collaboration in the public interest. Our efforts have made clear that positive impact is often muted due to the absence of professional data stewards at the supply and demand side of data collaboration. …

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The Responsible Data Re-Use Framework” — The Data Assembly

BROOKLYN, New York, November 16, 2020 — The Governance Lab(The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, today released guidance to inform decision-making in the responsible re-use of data — re-purposing data for a use other than that for which it was originally intended — to address COVID-19. The findings, recommendations, and a new Responsible Data Re-Use framework stem from The Data Assembly initiative in New York City. An effort to solicit diverse, actionable public input on data re-use for crisis response in the United States, the Data Assembly brought together New York City-based stakeholders from government, the private sector, civic rights and advocacy organizations, and the general public to deliberate on innovative, though potentially risky, uses of data to inform crisis response in New York City. …

By Dane Gambrell

On November 10, 2020, the Committee on House Administration published a report detailing the findings from a feasibility study on the use of remote voting in the US House of Representatives. The report, issued by Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), concludes “that operable and secure technology exists to permit the House to conduct remote voting, and that such a tool could be developed to further establish its flexibility and resiliency to operate during the pandemic.”

The study was initiated as a result of House Resolution 965, which passed in May. This legislation authorized the House to conduct remote committee proceedings and voting by proxy — meaning that members can delegate a colleague present on the floor to vote on their behalf — during the pandemic, and also called on the Committee on House Administration to study the feasibility of remote voting. …

By Juliet McMurren and Stefaan G. Verhulst

This article was originally published in Data & Policy, the peer-reviewed, open-access venue dedicated to the potential of data science to address important policy challenges.

If data is the “new oil,” why isn’t it flowing? For almost two decades, data management in fields such as government, healthcare, finance, and research has aspired to achieve a state of data liquidity, in which data can be reused where and when it is needed. For the most part, however, this aspiration remains unrealized. …

By Juliet McMurren

As part of an ongoing effort to build a knowledge base for the field of improving governance through data and technology, The GovLab publishes a series of Selected Readings, which provide an annotated and curated collection of recommended works on themes such as open data, data collaboration, and civic technology.

In this edition, to recognize and honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we have curated below a selection of literature on Indigenous data sovereignty (IDS), the principle that Indigenous peoples should be able to control the data collected by and about them, to determine how and by whom it is accessed, stored, and used, and to develop data practices and methodologies that reflect their lived experiences, cultures, and worldviews. …

Today, The GovLab is excited to launch a new platform which seeks to monitor, analyze and guide how AI is being governed in cities around the world: AI Localism.

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AI Localism refers to the actions taken by local decision-makers to address the use of AI within a city or community. AI Localism has often emerged because of gaps left by incomplete state, national or global governance frameworks.

“AI Localism offers both immediacy and proximity. Because it is managed within tightly defined geographic regions, it affords policymakers a better understanding of the tradeoffs involved. …

This blog by Andrew J. Zahuranec was originally published through the Open Data Policy Lab, an initiative from The GovLab supported by Microsoft.

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An orange sky over San Francisco following historic wildfires across the US West Coast. Photo by Christopher Michel is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Right now, huge swathes of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are burning. In the Arctic, ice has melted to near-record lows while communities across California, Oregon, and Washington are still recovering from wildfires so severe they stained the sky orange and left people unable to breathe. Though each of these events are the result of various local and global factors, one common element is clear: climate change. The failure to limit greenhouse emissions makes us more susceptible to disasters.

Data is key to achieving serious reductions in carbon emissions and blunting climate change’s ongoing impact. Through improved situational awareness, a better understanding of cause and effect, enhanced predictive capabilities, or real-time impact assessments — all possible by leveraging data in new ways — we can develop the policies and interventions needed for this crisis. …


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