All good platforms have "killer apps" that drive their adoption, so if government becomes a platform, what is the killer app that will make Gov 2.0 matter to every citizen, not just the technical elite? Is it electronic medical records? Is it broadband for education? Is it the smart grid?
What are the policy issues that we'll need to address in order to make this technology reach every American?
Craig Mundie is chief research and strategy officer of Microsoft Corp., reporting to CEO Steve Ballmer. Mundie is responsible for directing the company's technical strategy and long-term investments.
In this role, he oversees Microsoft Research and other technology and research initiatives, the company's health and education businesses, and a number of technology incubations. Mundie also works with government and business leaders around the world on technology policy, regulation and standards.
Mundie previously served as Microsoft's chief technical officer for advanced strategies and policy. In that role, he worked with Chairman Bill Gates to develop Microsoft's global strategies around technical, business and policy issues.
Mundie joined Microsoft in 1992 to create and run the Consumer Platforms Division, which developed non-PC platforms such as the Windows CE operating system; software for the Handheld PC, Pocket PC and Auto PC; and early console-gaming products. Mundie also started Microsoft's digital TV efforts, acquiring and managing its WebTV Networks Inc. subsidiary. He championed the Trustworthy Computing tenet, which has significantly improved the security of Microsoft's products by using new software development practices.
Since August 2000, when President Clinton named Mundie to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, he has advised White House staff on issues affecting the security of the nation's telecommunications infrastructure. In April 2002, Mundie joined the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age to help develop a strategy for using technology to address new security challenges. Since February 2002, Mundie has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy.
Mundie holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and a master's degree in information theory and computer science from Georgia Tech.
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.