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Harvard University, AB 1991, AM 1992
University of Innsbruck, PhD 1994
Yale Law School, JD 1997


Professor Noveck directs The Burnes Center for Social Change and its partner project, The GovLab. She is a faculty member of the Institute for Experiential AISchool of Law, College of Social Sciences and HumanitiesCollege of Arts, Media and Design, College of Engineering and an affiliated faculty member of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. 

At Northeastern, Professor Noveck directs AI for Impact and its InnovateMA co-op program in partnership with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Through AI for Impact, students use artificial intelligence and human-centered design to deliver cutting-edge projects that solve public sector problems and improve lives.

Professor Noveck’s work focuses on using AI to reimagine participatory democracy and strengthen governance, and she has spent her career helping institutions incorporate more equitable and open ways of working using new technology. Together with Citizens Foundation, she is designing and building AI-enabled tools to enhance collective intelligence and participatory problem solving. She blogs about AI, democracy and governance at Reboot Democracy.

In 2024, Governor Murphy appointed her as chief AI strategist for the State of New Jersey. Previously, she served as the state’s founding chief innovation officer. In that role, Professor Noveck and her team used new technology to improve equitable government delivery of services. The Office of Innovation worked with partner agencies to modernize unemployment insurance, provide a whole-of-government response to COVID, collect real-time infection data, deliver everything needed to start, run and grow a business, and use open data to provide training information to job seekers and improve uptake of benefits, services and permits. She also served as chair of the state's Future of Work Task Force.

Previously, Professor Noveck served in the White House as the first US deputy chief technology officer under President Obama. She founded the White House Open Government Initiative, which worked across government to create policies and platforms, such as data.gov and challenge.gov, for making the federal government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. She previously served on the Library of Congress Kluge Scholars Council and the Global Commission on Internet Governance.

Professor Noveck served as senior advisor for open government for UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and between 2018-2021, she served on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Digital Council. Among her many early civic technology projects, Professor Noveck created Unchat, one of the first online platforms for democratic engagement, and Peer-to-Patent to connect scientists to policymakers to improve the patent process. Two decades before the Metaverse, she designed Democracy Island in Second Life and later such projects as OrgPedia to foster corporate transparency or Ask A Scientist to crowdsource answers to COVID questions in collaboration with Federation of American Scientists and other uses of civic tech to deliver better government services. She also founded and hosted the State of Play conferences on law, games and virtual worlds.

In addition to her current course on AI for Impact, Professor Noveck is the founder of open, online courses such as Solving Public Problems for social innovators in more than 100 countries, Open Justice for legal innovators, and InnovateUS for public sector professionals. InnovateUS delivers free, philanthropically funded training in AI, innovation and problem-solving skills designed to help improve how public professionals make policy and delivery services.

The author of three earlier books, including Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World (Yale Press 2021) (named a Best Book of 2021 by Stanford Social Innovation Review), Professor Noveck’s newest book is Democracy Rebooted: How AI Can Save Democracy.

She was named one of the Foreign Policy 100 by Foreign Policy, one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, a Top Women in Technology by Huffington Post, and one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Academics in Government by Apolitical. She was awarded the doctorat honoris causa from the University of Geneva in October 2023.

You can find her latest TEDx talk here.

Fields of Expertise

  • Law and Society
  • Law and Technology
  • Public Interest Advocacy
  • Social Justice

Selected Works

Beth Simone Noveck

Professor and Director, The Burnes Center for Social Change


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