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Beth Noveck – Open Government: Instilling a Culture of Transparency, Participation and Collaboration in Public Institutions

Tuesday, October 20, 2009
12:30 pm


Sherrerd Hall, 3rd Floor Open Space
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Food at 12:15 pm. Discussion begins at 12:30 pm. Everyone invited.

President Obama issued his first executive memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for unprecedented openness and innovation in government institutions and setting out a governing vision for his administration. What does it mean for government to become more open? Why does it matter and how does it impact our lives? How is it possible to bring about such change across such a large and diverse array of institutions? And why is the impact on democracy in the digital age?


Beth Simone Noveck is the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government. She directs the White House Open Government Initiative at She is on leave as a professor law and director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School and McClatchy visiting professor of communication at Stanford University. Dr. Noveck taught in the areas of intellectual property, technology and first amendment law and founded the law school’s “Do Tank,” a legal and software R&D lab focused on developing technologies and policies to promote open government ( Dr. Noveck is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful (2009) and editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (2006).