New York, NY (June 18, 2009)—New York Law School Professor Beth Simone Noveck, recently appointed the Federal Government’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government, has published her latest book, Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful (Brookings Institution Press, June 2009).
On his first day in office, President Obama signed a memorandum, “Transparency and Open Government,” which calls for creating an “unprecedented level of openness in Government” and establishing “a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” Wiki Government explores how collaboration between citizens and government can cultivate innovation and the type of openness in government that President Obama plans to implement.
In Wiki Government, Professor Noveck describes the Peer-to-Patent project at New York Law School, conducted in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Peer-to-Patent opens the patent examination process to public participation for the first time in patent history. It is the first social networking project with a direct link to decision making by the federal government. As the founder of the project, Professor Noveck provides first-hand knowledge of how government decision making can be improved by allowing citizen participation.
Professor Noveck will
continue her work on collaborative government in the White House Office of
Science and Technology, where she will lead the Open Government
Initiative. Professor Noveck also served on the Obama-Biden Transition
team’s Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform Policy Working
Professor Noveck is on a leave of absence from her duties at New York Law School—which include being the Director of both the Institute for Information Law & Policy and the Democracy Design Workshop—while she works for the White House on this Open Government Initiative. She has taught at the Law School since 2002. She is the editor of The State of Play: Law, Games, and Virtual Worlds, with Jack M. Balkin (NYU Press, 2006) and editor of the Ex Machina: Law, Technology and Society book series with Professor Jack M. Balkin (NYU Press).
About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its eight academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation program. www.nyls.edu
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