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About Lea Shanley directs the Commons Lab within the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP). We advance research and non-partisan policy analysis on emerging technologies that facilitate collaborative, science-based and citizen-driven decision-making. New tools like crowdsourcing and social media are empowering individuals to monitor their environment, collectively generate actionable scientific data, and support disaster response. The initiative does not advocate for or against specific technological platforms, rather works to ensure that these technologies are developed and used in a way that maximizes benefits while reducing risks and unintended consequences.