This blog post was originally published by the MetroLab Network, an international collaborative of 28 cities, 6 counties, and 36 universities focused on civic research and innovation. The author, Garrett Morrow, served as MetroLab’s Experiential Research Fellow during Fall 2020 and the author of the MetroLab Network’s “Data, Privacy, and the Future of Trust in Public Institutions” series. To learn more and access other posts in the series, check out its first post here or visit the MetroLab Network’s site at

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I interviewed Andrew Young of GovLab on January 7, 2021 about the group’s recent work, including their AI…

Taiwan, Brazil and also New Jersey are using technology to bring greater citizen input into lawmaking

This article was written by Gopal Ratnam and originally published in Roll Call on April 20, 2021. This is a repost of the original publication.

An activist holds sunflowers and wears a sticker of Taiwan’s national flag on her face in support of the Sunflower Student Movement, which occupied the parliament building in Taipei in 2014. The movement led to the island adopting citizen input votes through mobile phone technology. (AFP via Getty Images)

Earlier this month, New Jersey’s Department of Education launched a citizen engagement process asking students, teachers and parents to vote on ideas for changes that officials should consider as the state reopens its schools after the pandemic closed classrooms for a year.

The project, managed by The Governance Lab at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, is part of a monthlong nationwide effort using an online survey tool called All Our Ideas to help…

By Beth Simone Noveck

This is an excerpt from an entry on CrowdLaw published in the Living Edition of The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs on April 2, 2021. Read the full article here.


CrowdLaw is the practice of using technology to engage the public in lawmaking, including the crafting of regulations, policies, and legislation. …

By Beth Simone Noveck, Dane Gambrell, and Sam DeJohn

A version of this piece appeared in German in The Taggespiegel, March 2, 2021, here.

On February 22nd, the leaders in five cities in Africa — Accra (Ghana), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), Kampala (Uganda), Kano (Nigeria), and Mutare (Zimbabwe) — announced the 12 winners to the Africa Multi-City Challenge. These cities with support of the United Nations Development Programme and The Governance Lab (our organization) turned to their collective citizens for help in tackling three big challenges: improving waste generation and management, building urban resilience in slums and informal settlements, and growing…

BROOKLYN, New York, Tuesday, February 23, 2021 — Today, The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering released a report, “The Power of Virtual Communities,” which examines the role online groups play in creating opportunities for people to build new kinds of meaningful communities they often could not form in real space.

This research was built on interviews with 50 Facebook communities, 26 experts from academia and industry, unique access to Facebook’s underlying research and an original global survey conducted by YouGov of 15,000 people in 15 markets who are currently members of online and in-person…

By The GovLab Data Program Team

Image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Flickr

It’s been a year that no one will forget. Between devastating Australian bushfires, a global pandemic, the largest economic recession since the Great Depression, the US presidential election, worldwide protests against police brutality, Brexit, a massive explosion in Beirut’s port, wildfires on the US West Coast, and a record-breaking hurricane season (among other developments), this year has seen plenty of world-shifting events.

We’ve tried to learn from these crises and help decision makers meet the immense challenges they face. This work included strengthening the ability of public interest institutions to work more openly, collaboratively…

From now through February 5, 2021, l’Agence française de développement (AFD), together with Expertise France and The GovLab, is soliciting innovative proposals (re)using data in a collaborative and responsible way to provide actionable intelligence for decision-makers and people to respond to COVID-19 and future pandemic challenges across Africa.

CONTEXT: The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact, killing over 1,600,000 people around the world and leading to global economic disruptions. Though the effects on countries like the United States and France has been well-observed, considerably less attention has been given to the African continent. Early estimates suggest COVID-19 will result…

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…

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. …

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