CodeX: Stanford University Center for Legal Informatics | March 5, 2015 | By Manik Suri
As anyone who rents an apartment, runs a restaurant, or owns a gym knows, there are a lot of rules on the books. These regulations can be difficult to navigate. MeWe’s mission is to simplify the law in order to help businesses and empower individuals. MeWe builds mobile software that helps businesses simplify compliance in the food and housing industries. In February 2015, MeWe was selected as one of 10 legal tech startups invited to exhibit at LegalTech New York, the largest law and technology trade show in the nation. Read more here.
Harvard Data-Smart City Solutions | February 25, 2015
The Data-Smart City Solutions initiative at Harvard Kennedy School published an interview with MeWe’s CEO, Manik Suri, as part of a series on “the new faces of public-private collaboration.” Read more here.
MeWe Blog | July 8, 2014 | By Manik Suri
At MeWe, we’re building lightweight, easy-to-use tools to help citizens and cities work together more effectively. We are a team of entrepreneurs and engineers passionate about improving how communities works — in order to make individuals’ lives better.
Food, housing, and building inspections are critical to public safety. Yet public and private sector inspectors struggle to enforce legal codes due to limited resources and inefficient paper-and-pencil workflow. Our product, “MeWe CoInspect,” is a workflow tool that leverages the power of mobile technologies and the crowd to make inspections easier, faster, and better. Read more about our work here.
MeWe Blog | July 1, 2014 | By Manik Suri
In early 2013, I joined former US Chief Technology Officer Beth Noveck to co-found a civic innovation platform called The Governance Lab (GovLab), aimed at using technology to transform governing institutions and improve individuals’ lives. Our motley crew of founders included a serial tech entrepreneur, a statistics professor, and a policy wonk. We envisioned the GovLab’s efforts spanning open government, open data, and civic technology. Over the next few months, we set up a center at New York University and recruited a rockstar team of thinker-doers to launch three initiatives: Research, Academy, and Living Labs. Read the full piece here.
India Abroad | August 23, 2013 | By Manik Suri
On the occasion of India’s 66th anniversary, the world’s largest democracy has made significant strides in its economic, social, and political development. Notwithstanding serious governance challenges in the near term, there are fundamental reasons to remain optimistic about India’s long term prospects. Read the full piece here.
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University | Interoperability Case Studies | August 15, 2013 | By Manik Suri
Open311 is a state-of-the-art technology platform that provides a uniform base to expand existing “311” services, which provide information tracking and monitoring in cities around the world. Over the past decade, these 311 services have allowed cities to respond to millions of citizen-generated inputs, creating better and smarter governance. This paper applies “interoperability” theory to consider the promises and perils of Open311, explaining how we can unlock the full potential of this powerful civic technology platform in the future. Read the full piece here.
Harvard Law and Policy Review | Volume 7, No. 2: Summer 2013 | By Manik Suri
Debate over whether law can, and indeed should, constrain presidential power is as old as the Republic. This article claims that liberal legalists, who adopt a consequentialist “Holmesian” view of the law, ignore the possibility that law – as an internalized normative commitment or duty – can restrain the executive. This alternative “Hartian” view may help explain how laws constrain presidential power at key moments in history. Recognizing the difficulty in establishing causation, the article nonetheless concludes that much is at stake in how we frame the relationship between law and the executive. Read the full piece here.