Enough of experts? Data, democracy and the future of expertise

21 October 2016

Beth Simone Noveck, Director of The Governance Lab, will deliver this year’s Campaign/SAGE Annual Lecture on Tuesday, 22 November, just two weeks after the US presidential election.

In her lecture, Ms Noveck will argue that the conflict between expertise and democracy is false. She will look at the ways in which expertise is widely distributed in society, while analysing the shift away from credentialed experts to citizen experts in everything from restaurant reviews to medical advising. She will examine the lack of public institutions that know how to tap into citizen expertise, and will outline how our institutions of research, education and government must change if we are to govern in ways that are both effective and legitimate.

Beth Simone Noveck is the Rogatz Visiting Professor at Yale Law School and Hultin Global Network Professor at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering, where she directs The Governance Lab. Her research, teaching and activism focus on the impact of technology on public institutions and solving public problems.

Beth 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). Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron appointed her senior advisor for Open Government, and she served on the Obama-Biden transition team.

Her latest book is Smart Citizens, Smarter State: The Technologies of Expertise and the Future of Governing (Harvard University Press, 2015).

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