Too Big to Succeed: The Need for Federal IT Reform

The following is part of a special series of policy briefs by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars running until inauguration day. This piece, written by Commons Lab Early Career Scholar Zachary Bastian, tackles the need for reform in federal information technology. As the world has become more dependent on information technology (IT), so… More Too Big to Succeed: The Need for Federal IT Reform

Tweeting Up a Storm

We are inundated daily with stories from the news media about the possible impact social media like Facebook and Twitter will have on our lives. When a storm like Hurricane Sandy hits the East Coast, can this technology actually help to save lives and reduce catastrophic damages? It’s possible. For instance, mobile devices could allow… More Tweeting Up a Storm

Gaming for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

Crowdsourcing and citizen science are integrating lessons from gaming culture studies in lots of interesting ways. Since many rote tasks performed by scientists are becoming too large for individuals to complete, particularly under tighter budgets, crowdsourcing — allowing the public to participate — is a viable way of fulfilling necessary activities. Many of these tasks… More Gaming for Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science

Governing on the Edge of Change: A Report from the Next Policy Frontier

The following is part of a special series of policy briefs by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars running until inauguration day. This piece, written by David Rejeski, director of the Science & Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center, looks at governance and the technological edge: Imagine, for a moment, a world that… More Governing on the Edge of Change: A Report from the Next Policy Frontier

Calling for “Backup” – Indemnification for Digital Volunteers

Editor’s note: This guest blog is by Edward S. Robson, Esq. In the past I have written about the tort liability that digital volunteers face when making responses.  In addition to a number of other strategies, one method for reducing liability is to obtain indemnification from the governmental agency or NGO requesting the services of… More Calling for “Backup” – Indemnification for Digital Volunteers

EVENT: International Disasters Charter: Introduction, Initial Issues and Experiences

Editors note: This event is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2012 from noon to 1 pm. The Commons Lab of the Science and Technology Innovation Program welcomes Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Director, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, University of Missisippi School of Law and Research Professor of Law. The Charter on Cooperation to Achieve… More EVENT: International Disasters Charter: Introduction, Initial Issues and Experiences

The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

Join us at the Wilson Center on Oct. 15, 2012 for an event focused on the development of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) National Broadband Map, a project that leveraged citizen input and resulted in better consumer protection and government innovation. The event will feature the authors of a new report on the broadband map, … More The National Broadband Map: A Case Study on Open Innovation for National Policy

Crowdsourcing the Budget

In the midst of California’s severe budget crisis, essential services faced deep cuts, school years were shortened, and public discontent with the budget process was at an all-time high. Against pressure to make similar, sweeping budget cuts and risk public backlash, the city of San Jose took a novel approach: They gave their citizens control… More Crowdsourcing the Budget

Tracking the Revolution

With the Syrian revolution having claimed more than 21,000 lives, policymakers and foreign affairs pundits from around the world have been making the case for intervention into the war to minimize casualties and ease the cost of rebuilding after hostilities cease. Last month, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a piece in the Financial Times about how the… More Tracking the Revolution