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Science Hack Day: Coming Soon to DC

What is “Science Hack Day” and why is it coming to Washington, DC? Elizabeth Tyson joins us to discuss a global movement that is intended to encourage collaboration and unleash creativity. And for those interested, you may even choose to participate. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW

Human Computation Roadmap Summit Workshop

Technosocial infrastructure and increasingly pervasive computing is accelerating the integration of humans into information-processing systems. Some of this is emergent (e.g., social networks) and some deliberate (e.g., crowdsourcing). A research area has coalesced around understanding andengineering such systems toward novel capabilities. For example, we can apply epidemiological methods to predict the spread of ideas over Twitter, and we can build systems that empower citizens to play games, like, to contribute to HIV AIDS research.

The Future of Health Care and the Independent Vote

Much like the general public, players of Budget Hero are split in their support for the Affordable Care Act, though two years of data from the game suggests many independents are choosing not to repeal the landmark health law and would even support including a government-run option.  

New Visions for Citizen Science


The Wilson Center Presents a Roundtable in Open Innovation and Science:

New Visions for Citizen Science


Let the Games Begin: Videogames as a Development Tool

Co-sponsored by STIP's Serious Games Initiative and by USAID

Gaming Our Way to a Better Future

As today’s policy challenges become more complex, it has become clear that American media — online news, television, radio, newspapers, and magazines — are not up to the task of explaining the problems underlying them or providing citizens with all the information they need to engage in public conversations about them. Democracy cannot function properly without those conversations. But one new medium - videogames — may well fill the gap. By their very nature, videogames can engage players in ways that enable players to make their way through the intricacies of policy problems.

DC 12th Graders Seek to Be Budget Heroes on Eve of Presidential Election


On November 5, on the eve of the presidential election, 100 12-graders played and discussed Budget Hero: Election Edition. Some of these students—who came together from the Capitol Hill and Parkside campuses of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy—would be first-time voters the next day; dozens of those not old enough to vote said they would volunteer at the polls on election day.

Political Perceptions: Budget Cutting, the Videogame

In a couple of weeks, the election will be over – and there’ll be even more talk about the fiscal cliff and how to restrain future deficits.  Big-company chief executives are weighing in, as we report in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal.