Director, The Burnes Center for Social Change
Beth Simone Noveck is a professor at Northeastern University, where she directs the Burnes Center for Social Change and its partner project, The GovLab. She is faculty at the Institute for Experiential AI, School of Law, and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the College of Arts, Design, and Media, the College of Engineering, and affiliated faculty at the Khoury College of Computer Sciences.
Beth’s work focuses on using AI to reimagine participatory democracy and strengthen governance, and she has spent her career helping institutions incorporate more equitable and open ways of working using new technology.
Among her many civic technology projects, she created Unchat, one of the first online platforms for democratic engagement, and Peer-to-Patent to connect scientists to policymakers to improve the patent process. Two decades before the Metaverse, she built Democracy Island in Second Life.
Previously, Beth served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer under President Obama. She founded the White House Open Government Initiative, which created policies and platforms, such as data.gov and challenge.gov, for making the federal government more transparent, participatory, and collaborative. In 2020, Beth designed Ask a Scientist to crowdsource answers to COVID questions.
She served as senior advisor for Open Government for UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and between 2018-2021, she served on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Digital Council.
Appointed the State of New Jersey’s first Chief Innovation Officer by Governor Phil Murphy, Beth and her team are using new technology to improve equitable government delivery of services. The Office of Innovation has worked with partner agencies to modernize unemployment insurance, provide a whole-of-government response to COVID, collect real-time infection data, deliver everything needed to start, run and grow a business, and use open data to provide training information to job seekers and improve uptake of benefits, services and permits. She also served as Chair of the State’s Future of Work Task Force.
In addition to her current course on AI for Impact, Beth is the founder of open, online courses such as Solving Public Problems for social innovators in over 100 countries, Open Justice for legal innovators, and InnovateUS for public sector professionals. The author of three earlier books, including Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press 2021) (named a Best Book of 2021 by Stanford Social Innovation Review), Beth’s newest book is Democracy Rebooted: Unleashing the Power of AI.
She was named one of the “Foreign Policy 100” by Foreign Policy, one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”, a “Top Women in Technology” by Huffington Post, and one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Academics in Government by Apolitical.
- Beth Simone Noveck and Anirudh Dinesh, Inside India’s plan to train 3.1 million 21st century civil servants, Apolitical, August 15, 2022.
- Steven J. Balla, Bridget C.E. Dooling, Emily Hammond, Reeve Bull, Michael Herz, Michael Livermore, and Beth Simone Noveck, Responding to Mass, Computer-Generated, and Malattributed Comments, Administrative Law Review, April 1, 2022.
- Beth Simone Noveck, Dane Gambrell, Valeria Gomez Palacios, Anna Ibru, Expanding and Strengthening Engagement on Decide Madrid: A Data-Driven Evaluation, March, 2022
- Beth Simone Noveck, Randomistas vs. Contestistas, Stanford Social Innovation Review, November 23, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck and Jason Williams-Bellamy, Future-proofing the public sector through digital and innovation skills training, Apolitical, November 23, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, Old Dog, New Tricks, Democracy Journal, September 23, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, How to Turn Your Public Interest Project from Idea Into Reality. The Australia and New Zealand School of Government, July 28, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, 7 Skills You Need If You Want to Solve Public Problems. Fast Company, June 24, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, The Innovative State, in The Administrative State in the Twenty-First Century: Deconstruction and/or Reconstruction, Mark V. Tushnet, ed, Daedalus, 150 (3) Summer 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 2021) (Alpina Publishers, Russian edition 2021).
Steve Balla, Reeve Bull, Bridget Dooling, Emily Hammond, Michael Herz, Michael Livermore, and Beth Simone Noveck, Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments, Administrative Conference of the United States (Final Report June 1, 2021).
- Steve Balla, Reeve Bull, Bridget Dooling, Emily Hammond, Michael Herz, Michael Livermore, and Beth Simone Noveck, Mass, Computer-Generated, and Fraudulent Comments, Administrative Conference of the United States (Draft Report 4.2.21).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “CrowdLaw,” The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Interest Groups, Lobbying and Public Affairs, April 2, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, Smarte Städte hören auf ihre Bürger:innen, Op-Ed, Tagesspiegel, March 2, 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, A community of public servants is at our disposal, if only we’d train it, Op-Ed, The Hill, Feb 7, 2021.
- Victòria Alsina Burgués, Eduardo González de Molina and Beth Simone Noveck, Mapeando oportunidades colaborativas para Madrid: Inteligencia colectiva para instituciones del siglo XXI, The GovLab, January 2021.
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Innovationsfähigkeit als Schlüsselkompetenz für die öffentliche Verwaltung,” in Brief aus der Zukunft, Statistisches Bundesamt, Feb 1, 2021.
- Ali Nouri and Beth Simone Noveck, “The FDA should condition any vaccine approval on open trial data,” Washington Post, December 3, 2020.
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Democracy suffers when government statistics fail,” Nature Vol. 586 (October 1, 2020), 27-28.
Habilidades De Innovación En El Sector Público De Paraguay (August 2020) (with Victoria Alsina, Alejandra Mendoza) (link).
- Laboratorios De Innovación Pública En América Latina Y El Caribe: Desde Una Perspectiva Comparada (August 2020) (with Victoria Alsina, Valeria Gomez) (link).
- Hoja De Ruta Para La Creación De Goblab Paraguay: Un Laboratorio De Gobierno Para Promover La Digitalización Y La Innovación Pública En Paraguay (August 2020) (with Victoria Alsina, Eduardo González de Molina) (link).
- Pillemer K, Subramanian L, Hupert N. The Importance of Long-term Care Populations in Models of COVID-19. JAMA. Published online June 05, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.9540 (non-credited author)
- Beth Simone Noveck, Dane Gambrell, “How Congress can improve productivity by looking to the rest of the world“, The Hill (May 15, 2020)
- Beth Simone Noveck, “How a Government Innovation Office Aims to Modernize Its Services,” BRINK (February 19, 2020).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Testimony before the House Financial Services Committee on Citizen and Stakeholder Engagement to Increase the Effectiveness and Legitimacy of Regulations,” February 6, 2020 (posted November 19, 2020).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Public Entrepreneurship and Policy Engineering: Training the Next Generation of Leader and Problem Solver” in Communications of the ACM, Vol 62, Nr. 12 (December 2019).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works,” The Conversation (Aug 12, 2019) (with R. Glover).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Today’s Problems, Yesterday’s Toolkit,” ANZSOG (August 2019) (with R. Glover).
- Beth Simone Noveck foreword in “The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons,” Tim Davies et al, Eds (May 2019).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “The Open Policymaking Playbook,” The GovLab White Paper (April 2019) (with Rose Harvey and Anirudh Dinesh).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Crowdlaw:inteligência coletiva e processos legislativos,” Democracia Digital, Nr. 4 (2019) (C. Freitas, trans.).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Our Opportunity for More Data-Driven Nonprofit Program Evaluation” (with T. Gyateng), Stanford Social Innovation Review (Jan 24, 2018).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Before training public servants, you must educate yourself” July 22, 2019
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Public Entrepreneurship: How to train 21st century leaders”, June 19, 2019
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Forging Smarter Cities Through CrowdLaw,” December 21, 2018
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Report of the Expert Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption, Transparency, and Integrity in Latin America and the Caribbean,” Inter-American Development Bank White Paper (Nov 2018) (with Eduardo Engel, Susan Rose Ackerman et al.) (named to Foreign Affairs Best Books of 2019).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Smarter Crowdsourcing for Anti-Corruption: A handbook of innovative legal, technical, and policy proposals and a guide to their implementation,” GovLab/Inter-American Development Bank White Paper (April 2018).
- Beth Simone Noveck, “CrowdLaw: Collective Inteligence and Lawmaking”, Analyse and Kritik 2018 (40) Heft 2, November 2018
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Elections won’t save our democracy. But ‘crowdlaw’ could”, October 2018
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Public Sector Digest: Leadership & Change Management”, June 2018
- Beth Simone Noveck, “New win and new bottles: The promise of research in the age of big data”, February 2018 (Review of Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age, Matthew J. Salganik)
- Congress Is Broken. CrowdLaw Could Help Fix It. (Forbes, 2018)
Rights-based and Tech-Driven: Open Data, Freedom of Information, and the Future of Government Transparency (Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal Volume XIX, Page 1, 2018)
- Building the Smarter State: The Role of Data Labs and the Data Labs Case Studies (GovLab White Paper Series) (with Anirudh Dinesh) (Dec 2017).
- How to mobilize group intelligence, Nature 551 (November 30, 2017): Beth Simone Noveck’s review of Geoff Mulgan’s book Big Mind
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Smarter Health: Boosting Analytical Capacity at NHS” (with
- Stefaan Verhulst, Andrew Young, Maria Hermosilla, Anirudh Dinesh, and Juliet McMurren) (February 2017)
- Beth Simone Noveck, Is Open Data the Death of FOIA?, 126 Yale L.J. F. 273 (2016)
- Beth Simone Noveck and Stefaan Verhulst, “Encouraging and Sustaining Innovation in Government” (August 2016)
- Beth Simone Noveck, “Why Cutting E-Gov Funding Threatens American Jobs,” (May 2011)Selected Publications