MPA@UNC Blog


What will happen to Detroit?

Detroit’s bankruptcy filing—potentially the largest municipal bankruptcy case in the United States—has raised a lot of questions, particularly for those who call the city their home...

Beth Noveck: Demand a More Open-Source Government

Beth Noveck founded the White House Open Government Initiative when she was acting as the first Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Her training as a lawyer, coupled with her appreciation for and understanding of technology, enables her to visualize the potential of Wiki Government...

Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month

It’s time to celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month! Showing appreciation for parks and recreation programs around the country is a great way to build awareness of their many benefits and encourage people to help with donations and volunteer work...

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a Better Government

Jennifer Pahlka thinks government should function more like the Internet: permissionless, open, and crowdsourced. Pahlka, a Yale graduate with a background in game development, founded Code for America in 2009. Lightheartedly referring to the fellowship program as a “Peace Corps for geeks,” Pahlka matches up web geniuses and American cities with the goal of modernizing local government services using customized web applications...

America’s Top 10 July 4th Celebrations

Independence Day, celebrated on July 4th, is one of the most important holidays in America. Marking the anniversary of our independence as a sovereign country, Americans across the nation gather together and show their patriotism in a wide variety of ways. Barbecue and fireworks are a common thread...

Lawrence Lessig: We the People and the Republic We Must Reclaim

Lawyer-turned-activist Lawrence Lessig coupled his understanding of copyright law with his observations about how it should change over time to meet the needs of the Digital Age. He founded Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting legal restrictions on copyright...