As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the nation's first chief technology officer in April 2009. The Senate confirmed Chopra's appointment in August. As CTO, Chopra's responsibilities include using applied technology to help generate jobs, cut the costs of healthcare and ensure the country's safety. In addition, Chopra was tasked to increase American citizens' access to broadband Internet connections.