Beth Noveck

Director, The Governance Lab

Beth Simone Noveck directs the Governance Lab (GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is a Professor in Technology, Culture, and Society at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. New Jersey governor Phil Murphy appointed her as the state’s first Chief Innovation Officer in 2018. Previously, Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government.


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). Her next book, Public Entrepreneurship: Training the Next Generation of Public Leader and Problem Solver, will appear with Yale Press. Her TED talk is here. She tweets @bethnoveck.

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  • Nov 07 2018
    Blog Post CrowdLaw: Bellagio Conference on Participatory Lawmaking Launches Historic Manifesto The Bellagio Center has a long history of convening key players to catalyze big ideas and forge coalitions for social action at pivotal moments. The GovLab’s convening at Bellagio, in March of 2018, led by Beth Noveck and her colleagues, was such a moment. Their convening brought together two dozen legal experts from seventeen countries […] Beth Noveck, Victoria Alsina