Beth Simone Noveck

Beth Simone Noveck

Jerry M. Hultin Professor and Director

The Governance Lab

  • Phone: 646.997.3150
  • Office: 2 MetroTech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201


The Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, Beth Simone Noveck directs The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and, the GovLab strives to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern. The GovLab designs and tests technology, policy and strategies for fostering more open and collaborative approaches to strengthen the ability of people and institutions to work together to solve problems, make decisions, resolve conflict and govern themselves more effectively and legitimately.

She was previously the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. Beth is a professor of law at New York Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative (2009-2011). UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team. 

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she serves on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and chaired the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multi-Stakeholder Innovation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Contracting Partnership. She 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. She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute and Public Knowledge for her work in civic technology.

Beth is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful, which has also appeared in Arabic, Russian, Chinese and in an audio edition, and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her next book Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing recently appeared with Harvard University Press. She tweets @bethnoveck and writes on Medium @bethnoveck. Her TED talk "Demand an Open Source Government" can be found here.

Authored + Edited Books

Noveck, Beth Simone. Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing, Harvard University Press, 2015

Noveck, Beth Simone. Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More PowerfulBrookings, 2009

Balkin, Jack M. and Beth S. Noveck, eds. 2006. The State of Play: Law and Virtual WorldsNYU Press, 2006