Nick Sinai

Regulatory Modernization Seminar

This session is part of the 10-week seminar series, Data, Technology and Innovation in Government, led by Nick Sinai. Seminars are for students only (graduate and undergraduate) and are not-for-credit. Please register below to reserve your space. 

Description: From the EPA’s release of the toxic chemicals data to the FCC’s current net neutrality debate, transparency/disclosure can be an important regulatory strategy. In 2015, what is the role of open data in regulatory efforts? How does/should the media and the public participate in rule design? What about in enforcement? Can modern digital services at regulatory agencies improve compliance and/or lower costs? What role does choice design and simplicity play? Are there areas (environmental, safety, labor, financial markets, etc.) where regulatory modernization has outsized benefits or risks? How close are we to what Tim O’Reilly calls “algorithmic regulation”?

Anti-discrimination is a focus for some regulatory agencies. As the White House Big Data Report highlighted, data will transform the way we live and work, and will alter the relationships between government, citizens, businesses, and consumers. That also includes the potential for data-driven discrimination in areas like education, housing, and employment. How should the federal government, and especially anti-discrimination agencies, respond? What are the potential market, technology, and legislative/regulatory solutions? How do government agencies build capacity and expertise in a time of tight budgets and extremely competitive labor markets for data scientists and tech talent?


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