Beth Simone Noveck

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Beth Noveck
Noveck in 2009
Born (1971-07-16) July 16, 1971 (age 50)
Alma mater
  • Harvard, A.B. 1991, A.M. 1992
  • University of Innsbruck, Ph.D. 1994
  • Yale Law School, J.D. 1997

Beth Simone Noveck (born 1971) is New Jersey's first chief innovation officer,[1][2] a professor in the Technology, Culture, and Society department at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering,[3] the director of the Governance Lab[4] and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance, and an inaugural ICMA Local Government Research Fellow.[5]

She is also an affiliated professor at NYU's Center for Urban Science and Progress[6] and Visiting Senior Faculty Fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University,[7] a Fellow at NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge,[8] and a senior fellow at the Yale Law School Information Society Project.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] On May 16, 2011, she was appointed senior advisor for Open Government by UK Prime Minister David Cameron.[12] She is a commissioner for the Global Commission on Internet Governance.[13] 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).


Raised in Toms River, New Jersey,[1] she graduated from Harvard University with an AM magna cum laude, and the University of Innsbruck with a Ph.D. She graduated from Yale Law School with a JD.

She directs The Governance Lab, also known as the Govlab and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance, which is designed to improve people's lives through innovative governance.

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 former 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 from 2009 to 2011 under President Barack Obama. UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden White House transition team. She has 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 is also a member of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress and a board member of the Center for Open Science (COS), the Open Contracting Partnership, the EPSRC Center for the Mathematics of Precision Healthcare, and the NHS Digital Academy.

She is a member of the advisory board of the Open Contracting Partnership. Since 2011, she has served as a board director of Cambia,[14] the non-profit social enterprise that runs The Lens. She served on the Global Commission on Internet Governance and chaired the ICANN Strategy Panel on Multi-Stakeholder Innovation. She was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy,[15] one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" by Fast Company[16] and one of the "Top Women in Technology" by Huffington Post.[17] She has also been honored by both the National Democratic Institute[18] and Public Knowledge[19] 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,[20] 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.[21] Her latest book Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing appeared with Harvard University Press in 2015.[22] She is currently working on a new book about public entrepreneurship titled Public Entrepreneurship: A Handbook for 21st Century Leaders.

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.[23]

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.[24] On August 13, 2018, Noveck was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to be the Chief Innovation Officer of New Jersey.[25]


  1. ^ a b "Gearing Up for the Future: New Jersey Gets its First Innovation Chief". NJ Spotlight. August 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "New Jersey Hires GovLab Founder as Its First Chief Innovation Officer". Government Technology. e.Republic. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Faculty". Tandon School of Engineering College Website. New York University. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Team". The GovLab website. The Governance Lab. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  5. ^ "ICMA Announces Inaugural Group of Research Fellows". International City Management Association. ICMA. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Faculty". CUSP Department Website. New York University. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Beth Simone Noveck Appointed Visiting Senior Faculty Fellow". EJB School of Planning and Public Policy website. Rutgers University. 2018-08-16. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  8. ^ "People". IPK Department Website. NYU. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Beth Noveck". Yale Law School Department Website. Yale University. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ "The faces behind the Digital Council". Press and Information Office of the Federal Government. German Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  11. ^ Montalbano, Elizabeth. "White House Loses Open Government Leader". Information Week. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, at Google Zeitgeist 2011". Speeches. UK Government. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Homepage | Centre for International Governance Innovation".
  14. ^ "Cambia Board". Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  15. ^ "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. 26 November 2012. Archived from the original on 30 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  16. ^ Chu, Jeff (May 22, 2010). "35. Beth Simone Noveck". Fast Company.
  17. ^ Bosker, Bianca (August 19, 2011). "Former U.S Deputy CTO Describes The Tech Trends That Worry Her Most". HuffPost.
  18. ^ "NDI Honors Civic Innovation at 30th Anniversary Dinner". December 11, 2013.
  19. ^ Brodsky, Art. "Public Knowledge Presents Eighth IP3 Awards to Wyden, Noveck, Jaszi". Public Knowledge.
  20. ^ Noveck, Beth Simone (2013-05-21). "Wiki Government". Brookings. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  21. ^ "The State of Play".
  22. ^ "Smart Citizens, Smarter State - Beth Simone Noveck". Harvard University Press. 2018-11-16. Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  23. ^ "Faculty Profile at New York Law School". New York Law School. Archived from the original on 2012-04-07. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
  24. ^ "Bundesregierung | Artikel | Die Gesichter des Digitalrates". (in German). Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  25. ^ "Office of the Governor | Governor Murphy Names Beth Simone Noveck as New Jersey's First Chief Innovation Officer". Retrieved 2019-04-24.

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