Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship Lecture
Opening Governance: Re-Designing our Democratic Institutions

presented by

Beth Noveck
in honor of her appointment as the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at New York University

Monday, November 4, 2013
5:00pm – 6:00pm Lecture
6:00pm – 7:00pm Reception

Hemmerdinger Hall, 100 Washington Square East

About the lecture:
The first decade of the 21st century has been characterized by seemingly intractable societal challenges that institutions of government have been unable to solve. The kind of partisan gridlock that led to the government shutdown is only part of the problem. To tackle today’s complex challenges we will need innovation in the very design of our democratic institutions and in the democratic theory that defines them.

New technology and new scientific insights on collaboration are pointing the way toward a new vision of "open governance." By enabling government to tap the expertise of citizens, share decision-making responsibility with the public, and publish open data for public use, these innovations suggest how to make measurable progress toward government that is more effective and more legitimate. Numerous barriers to change exist, but a new vision for stronger and more collaborative democracy may be emerging.

About Beth Noveck:
Beth Noveck is Founder and Director of The Governance Lab, and is a visiting professor at both New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder and director of President Obama’s Open Government Initiative (2009-2011).   She also served on the Obama-Biden Transition Team and was a volunteer advisor to the Obama for America campaign on issues of technology, innovation, and government reform.  She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press 2009); co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press 2006), and forthcoming, The Networked State (Harvard University Press).
For more information about Dr. Noveck, click here.

sponsored by
NYU's Office of the Provost, NYU Wagner, and The Marian B. and Jacob K. Javits Foundation