Sounding a Web 2.0 theme 250 years ago, Benjamin Franklin spoke of the power of doing good by collective action for public benefit.
In this far-reaching conversation, Tim O'Reilly explores with new Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra his ideas for harnessing technology to build a digital commonwealth and a digital nation, a new model for cooperation between citizens and their government.
Aneesh Chopra is the United States Chief Technology Officer and in this role serves as an Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the Office of Science & Technology Policy. He works to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland. He was sworn in on May 22nd, 2009. Prior to his appointment, he served as Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. He previously served as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers issue in 2008. Aneesh Chopra received his B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata Online Conference, and Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. O’Reilly’s MAKE magazine and Maker Faire have been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. O’Reilly is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online. He watches the alpha geeks to determine emerging technology trends and uses his platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.
Aneesh Chopra, the first Federal Chief Technology Officer of the United States (CTO), explains his role in fulfilling President Obama's goal to integrate accessible technology into open government.
Chopra says he plans to "hard-wire the accountability" among agencies and make machine readable data easily accessible to the public. "If you bring more transparency to the process, you're likely to get a better outcome as a result."