Data for Good
Used responsibly, data and technology can create the foundation for more equitable access to opportunity, greater accountability, and a stronger democracy.
We’re working towards an era when decision-making is data driven, AI systems guard against discrimination and bias, and the digital divide is bridged.
Data is power
Governments and businesses now have access to an unprecedented stream of data. The potential benefits for health, employment, education, finance, urban development, and more are enormous. But so are the risks. Engineers, technologists, and the organizations they work for face a profound conundrum: at issue is not merely how we can use this data, but how we should.
Tandon is defining the frameworks and tools for next-generation, responsible data use across a variety of fields, and its GovLab is finding ways to facilitate civic participation, rapid mobilization of resources, and transparency in governance around the world. Whether that’s advocating for open-data policies and platforms before the U.S. Congress, using crowdsourcing to tackle corruption in Latin America, or providing guidance to policymakers on responding to a global pandemic, The GovLab is advancing more effective and legitimate governing.
It's about more than a single election
As election-hacking scandals, documented disinformation campaigns, and the exposure of deepfake videos have shown, we are now facing regular online threats to our social fabric. Cybersecurity for Democracy is a research organization dedicated to uncovering and combatting those threats — whether they involve nation-state interference in U.S. voting systems or discriminatory policies for online advertising.
With the trustworthiness of our democratic processes and the integrity of our social systems at stake, researchers at Cybersecurity for Democracy are using data and technology to safeguard and improve them.
Professor of Technology, Culture, and Society Beth Nocveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Her work is focused on creating better, more transparent governments through improving voter engagement, crowdsourcing expertise and rebuilding cities with a multidisciplinary perspective. She was selected as one of the “Foreign Policy 100″ by Foreign Policy as well as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company and “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post.
Industry Assistant Professor Victòria Alsina Burgués is an Academic Director at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP). She coordinates the CrowdLaw Research Initiative, a group examining how to get citizens and experts more involved in the drafting of new laws. Public buy-in to new laws increases transparency, effectiveness and political legitimacy for a system that often seems too opaque.
Center for Responsible AI
Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
Cybersecurity for Democracy
The Governance Lab (The GovLab)
Visualization and Data Analytics ViDA Center