Breaking and Building Public Policy by Design: How Designing Information Processes Improved Government Systems

Filmed on December 12, 2019 in San Francisco

Charles Belle of Startup Policy Lab at our "Community Talks & Holiday Party" series.

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Charles Belle
Founder of Startup Policy Lab

Breaking and Building Public Policy by Design: How Designing Information Processes Improved Government Systems

Charles Belle is the founder and Executive Director of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. Our mission is to promote innovative, open, and data-driven policymaking. We engage in applied research and organize forums to inform, educate, and empower those that want to craft public policy to support those goals.

Through applied research in law and technology, Charles seeks to ensure government is open, accessible, transparent, and secure. He has worked in open data and privacy, procurement reform, drone policy, and law enforcement data requests. His current research seeks to make the public comment system safe from deliberate attacks and accessible to citizens. Before Startup Policy Lab, Charles was the Executive Director of the Institute for Innovation Law at UC, Hastings, College of the Law, where he also served as the Director of the Privacy Project.

Outside of work, Charles serves as an appointed public member of the City and County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information Technology (COIT). He is also a non-residential Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Internet and Society and formerly a fellow at UC, Berkeley’s, Center for Technology, Society & Policy. He has received grant support from the Hewlett Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, Knight Foundation, and Sunlight Foundation. Charles has an AB and AM from the University of Chicago, and a JD from UC, Hastings College of the Law.

Charles is currently a candidate for District Three Supervisor in San Francisco.