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Beth Noveck    

Lawyer and Tech Expert on Open Government; Founder/Director of The Governance Lab

A lawyer by training and a techie by inclination, Beth Noveck works to build data transparency into government.

Why you should listen to her:

How can our data strengthen our democracies? In her work, Beth Noveck explores what "opengov" really means--not just freeing data from databases, but creating meaningful ways for citizens to collaborate with their governments.

Her bio:

As the US's first Deputy CTO, Beth Noveck founded the White House Open Government Initiative, which developed administration policy on transparency, participation, and collaboration. Among other projects, she designed and built Peer-to-Patent, the U.S. government’s first expert network. She's now working on the design for ORGPedia, a platform for mashing up and visualizing public and crowdsourced data about corporations. Her book The Networked State will appear in 2013. Beth Simone Noveck is Founder and Director of The Governance Lab (www.thegovlab.org). Funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gov Lab aims to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern using advances in technology and science.

Beth is a visiting professor at both New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab, and is on leave as professor of law and founder of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School.She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team.

Her scholarship, activism, and teaching focus on accelerating and assessing progress toward smarter, more collaborative and decentralized governance. Among projects she's designed or collaborated on are Peer To Patent, the US government’s first expert network; OrgPedia, the Wikipedia of firms; Data.gov and Challenge.gov.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her next book The Networked State will appear with Harvard University Press

Speech Topics


Crowdsourcing Smartly: Is Democracy Prepared To Flip the Big Data Switch? We Don’t Need a Change of Policies, We Need to Change How We Make Policy: What Every Candidate Needs to Know to Govern Better The Big-Data Revolution in Non-Profit Management Smarter Workers, Smarter Jobs: Technologies of Expertise & the Future of the Labor Market

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