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.
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 National Security Journal | September 3, 2012 | By Manik Suri
Over the past decade, national security policymakers have encouraged greater use of numbers, probabilities and estimative language to enhance intelligence and improve decision-making. Such efforts should be praised, yet they suffer from serious shortcomings that still need to be addressed. Read the full piece here.