Beth Simone Noveck

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Beth Noveck)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Beth Noveck
Noveck in 2009
Born1971 (age 46–47)
NationalityUnited States of America
Alma materHarvard, A.B. 1991, A.M. 1992

University of Innsbruck, Ph.D. 1994

Yale Law School, J.D. 1997

Beth Simone Noveck (born 1971) is the Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and director of the Governance Lab. She was the United States deputy chief technology officer for open government and led President Obama's Open Government Initiative. Based at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy until January 2011, she is an expert on technology and institutional innovation.[1] On May 16, 2011 George Osborne announced that Noveck had been recruited to a position in the United Kingdom government.[2] She is a Commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[3] 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).


She graduated from Harvard University with an AM magna cum laude, and University of Innsbruck with a PhD. She graduated from Yale Law School with a JD.

She directs The Governance Lab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance, which is designed to improve governance in governments and elsewhere.

She is currently the Jerry Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. She was formerly the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professor at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a visiting professor at the MIT Media Lab. She is a professor of law at New York Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project. She served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer 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. She’s also designed or collaborated on Unchat, The Do Tank, Peer To Patent,, and the Gov Lab’s Living Labs and training platform, The Academy.

She serves on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and chaired the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multi-Stakeholder Innovation. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Contracting Partnership. She was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy,[4] one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company[5] and one of the “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post.[6] She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute[7] and Public Knowledge[8] for her work in civic technology.

She is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger and Citizens More Powerful,[9] 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.[10] Her latest book Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing appeared with Harvard University Press in 2015.[11]

Previously, Noveck directed the Institute for Information Law & Policy and the Democracy Design Workshop at New York Law School where she is on-leave as a professor. She is the founder of the "Do Tank," and the State of Play Conferences, and launched Peer-to-Patent, the first community patent review project, in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trade Office. She has taught in the areas of intellectual property, innovation, and constitutional law, as well as courses on electronic democracy and electronic government.[12]

In August 2018 Noveck was nominated as one of ten members for the newly created Digitalrat, a council to advise the Federal government of Germany on issues concerning the digital transformation of society.[13]


  1. ^ Montalbano, Elizabeth. "White House Loses Open Government Leader". Information Week. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  2. ^ Speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, at Google Zeitgeist 2011
  3. ^
  4. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 28 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. ^
  6. ^
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Faculty Profile at New York Law School". New York Law School.
  13. ^ "Bundesregierung | Artikel | Die Gesichter des Digitalrates". (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-22.

External links[edit]