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Expert Labs: Putting The 'Public' Into Public Policy Wasn't Easy

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Thursday, March 29 2012

The closing down of an effort known as Expert Labs this month acted as a marker of sorts in the open government movement. Epitomizing the general ethos of the time, here was a group of Internet-famous hipster technologists and personalities who had decided to storm the barricades and focus their collective attention on helping the federal government to break out of the Beltway bubble to connect better with the public when making policy decisions. Why shouldn't the world be excited about what kind of change they could potentially bring about? As the organization closes up shop, here's a look at what it did after launching in 2010. Read More

Building a Public Policy Community of "Citizen Experts" Might Require Translation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 10 2010

U.S. patent application no. 6,655,077 for, yes, a better mousetrap; via IPWatchdog. Read More

Administration Floats Idea of an "ExpertNet"

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, December 8 2010

During this afternoon's White House chat on the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration's Open Government Directive, U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra spoke of a new federal initiative under the banner of ... Read More

How Does a Project Like Peer-to-Patent Justify Its Keep?

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 22 2009

(Source: Peer-to-Patent Second Anniversary Report, Center for Patent Innovations at New York Law School) Read More

Peer-to-Patent Closes Shop [UPDATED]

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, July 9 2009

The Peer-to-Patent project, spearheaded by Beth Noveck in her law professor days before she became Deputy U.S. CTO for open government, often gets talked about as one of the more successful examples of how citizens can ... Read More

Obama's Patent Chief Choice Has Known Collaborative Tendencies

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, June 19 2009

The White House has made an intriguing pick with nominating David Kappos to head up the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Kappos is well-known in the patent world as both a patent reformer in general and, from his ... Read More