Beth Simone Noveck is Founder and Director of The Governance Lab (www.thegovlab.org). Funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Gov Lab aims to improve people’s lives by changing how we govern using advances in technology and science.
Beth is a visiting professor at both New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the MIT Media Lab, and is on leave as professor of law and founder of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and founder 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.
Her scholarship, activism, and teaching focus on accelerating and assessing progress toward smarter, more collaborative and decentralized governance. Among projects she's designed or collaborated on are Peer To Patent, the US government’s first expert network; OrgPedia, the Wikipedia of firms; Data.gov and Challenge.gov.
A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she was named one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company magazine and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post. She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful and co-editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds. Her next book The Networked State will appear with Harvard University Press. She tweets @bethnoveck.