Beth Simone Noveck

"Smart Citizens, Smarter State"

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Beth Simone Noveck (born 1971) is a professor in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and director of the Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance. She is an inaugural ICMA Local Government Research Fellow. In 2018, she joined the Murphy administration as New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer. She is also an affiliated professor at NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress and Visiting Senior Faculty Fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, a Fellow at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and a Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She also serves as one of nine members of the Digitalrat, a council to advise German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel on issues concerning the digital transformation of society.From 2009 to 2011, she was the United States deputy chief technology officer for open government and led President Obama’s Open Government Initiative. She was based at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and served as an expert on governance, technology and institutional innovation. On May 16, 2011, she was appointed senior advisor for Open Government by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. She is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance. She is the author of Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Government (Harvard 2015), 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 and Virtual Worlds (NYU 2006).


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