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Beth Noveck

Co-founder and Director, The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance

Beth Simone Noveck is co-founder and director of The GovLab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. 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. Additionally, she is the Jerry Hultin Global Network professor at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering. Noveck served in the White House as the first U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative from 2009 to 2011. United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her as senior advisor for open government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team. Among projects she's designed or collaborated on are Network of Innovators, Peer to Patent,,, the GovLab Academy, and Unchat. 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. Noveck 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). Noveck is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School.