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Chat and Chew with Beth Simone Noveck: The Transformation of Governing

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:30pm - 2:00pm EDT

  • Location:6 MetroTech Center, MakerSpace Room 118

Beth Simone Noveck

Professor Beth Simone Noveck
Director, Governance Lab (GovLab)
Professor, Department of Technology, Culture and Society
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

/lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Presentation/Q+A: 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


A Professor in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Beth Simone Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative from 2009 to 2011. UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government. At the GovLab, she leads programs to promote effective public engagement in lawmaking (CrowdLaw), to help public institutions expert-source and implement innovative solutions to hard problems (Smarter Crowdsourcing) and to train civic leaders and civil servants in how to collaborate with their own communities (Civic Challenges). Beth was named one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy, one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. Beth is the author of Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing (Harvard Univ Press 2015) and Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings 2009) and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (NYU Press, 2005). She tweets @bethnoveck.


Survey data reveals that the public has become increasingly dissatisfied with government. According to recent Gallup Poll data, only 54% of people worldwide report having confidence in their national governments. In the U.S., only 20% of citizens say they trust the federal government to do what is right and "[n]o more than about 30% have expressed trust in the government in Washington to do the right thing at any point over the last decade." Clearly, we need something better and more legitimate than going to the polls once a year to elect politicians few people trust and who accomplish less and less because of bitter partisan wrangling. Over lunch, we'll talk about how technology is already transforming how governing happens and what we can do to accelerate the change.