Governance Publications

Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

Nov 11, 2015
Roots of Russia’s War in Ukraine presents four perspectives on the origins of the ongoing war in Ukraine that began in February 2014, concentrating on Russian motivations and intentions.

Science Hack Day: Bridging the Hacking Community and Government

Oct 13, 2015
On May 16th & 17th the Commons Lab hosted Washington D.C.'s first-ever Science Hack Day, co-sponsored with ArtsEdge from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This report summarizes the event and highlights hacks produced while providing future directions for bridging the hacking community and government initiatives.

Mexico: The Fight Against Corruption

Sep 21, 2015
In this paper, Mauricio Merino discusses Mexico's fight against corruption and reviews the ongoing reforms to promote transparency and curtail corruption. This paper is available in both English and Spanish.

Citizen Science & The Law: A Web-Enabled Policy Tool

Sep 14, 2015
This web-enabled interactive policy tool guides agency project managers through the legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies encounter when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.

Making Africa Less Corrupt

Sep 11, 2015
Although Botswana ranked 31st of 174 countries on the latest version of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), and Cape Verde (42th), Seychelles (43rd), Mauritius (47th), and Lesotho, Namibia, and Rwanda (all 55th) followed with comparatively high scores, 22 African countries are among the 50 lowest performing in the world on both the CPI and the comparable World Bank Control of Corruption (WBCC) indicator. Rwanda and Liberia (94th on the CPI) are among countries that have dramatically reduced corruption, and their examples demonstrate how committed leadership can reduce corrupt practices and enhance prosperity, economic growth, and positive priorities.

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Metadata Workshop Summary

Aug 06, 2015
On July 9th & 10th, 2015, a Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing Metadata Workshop was hosted by the Wilson Center's Commons Lab in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. The results of this workshop included 30 fields describing citizen science project metadata and are summarized in this publication.
Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway by Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway

Jun 11, 2015
Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side is the first book on social responsibility on the Internet. It aims to strike a balance between the free speech principle and the responsibilities of the individual, corporation, state, and the international community.

Arctic Policies of Nordic States: The Politics of Geographical Definitions

May 02, 2015
Willy Østreng argues that the Arctic Council should form a more cohesive, comprehensive unit by closing ranks and operating as the Arctic 8, acting in concert, and stand united in order to maintain control of regional developments.

Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, and the Law: Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies

Apr 20, 2015
This report reviews legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies face when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.

Violence and Insecurity in Guerrero

Feb 05, 2015
This paper paper examines the security situation in the state of Guerrero, including the operation of drug trafficking organizations, and proposes possible solutions to the security crisis. This paper is a continuation of the series "Building Resilient Communities in Mexico: Civic Responses to Crime and Violence."