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By: Natalia Adler, Ciro Cattuto, Kyriaki Kalimeri, Daniela Paolotti, Michele Tizzoni, Stefaan Verhulst, Elad Yom-Tov, Andrew Young
The GovLab is advancing a number of initiatives focused on increasing our understanding of data collaboratives. The hub of this work, DataCollaboratives.org, is a resource on creating public value by exchanging data, collecting examples of data collaboratives from around the world, and providing information on how to develop and implement a data collaborative. The site, and the GovLab’s work on the topic in general, seeks to provide insight on how the responsible exchange of corporate data can improve people’s lives.
Crowdlaw is an emerging field of practice that is comprised of lawyers, platform developers, lawyers, government employees and research scientists, among others including citizen advocates. GovLab plays a convening role to engage practitioners from around the world and has initiated a dialogue in order to identify case studies and pilots, assess impact and inspire greater innovation across political, government and civil society actors.
By providing new ways to securely identify individuals and organizations, and record transactions of various types in a distributed manner, blockchain technologies have been heralded as a new tool to address information asymmetries, establish trust and improve governance. The GovLab’s Blockchange initiative, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, studies the promise and practice of leveraging blockchain to achieve social change objectives across three types of use case: identity, track & trace, and smarter contracting.