Co-Founder and Director
The GovLab
Beth Simone Noveck
The GovLab
United States

Beth Simone Noveck is the Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering is Co-Founder and Director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. Beth focuses her research, teaching and activism on the impact of technology on public institutions and solving public problems.

Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Offcer 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. Among projects she’s designed or collaborated on are the Network of Innovators, Unchat, The Do Tank, Peer To Patent,, and the Gov Lab Academy.

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Contracting Partnership and a Program Committee Member of the 2016 Conferences on International Open Data, Open Data Research, Data Science for Government, and the Data for Good Exchange. 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 Huffngton 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 “Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing” (Harvard University Press, 2015), which will appear in Spanish and Russian in 2016; “Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better,” “Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful” (Brookings, 2009), 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” (NYU Press, 2005). She tweets @bethnoveck and writes on Medium @bethnoveck.

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