Bryan Sivak will be the next chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to an HHS spokesperson.
Sivak has been a consistent voice for smarter use of technology and meaningful innovation here in DC and in Maryland.
This appointment will go a long way to ensuring that the groundbreaking legacy of Todd Park at HHS is not carried forward but extended and improved upon in the year ahead.
In an excerpt from his new book, The Future, the Nobel Prize winner and former vice president talks global networks, Marshall McLuhan, and how computing is changing what it means to be human.Writers have used the human nervous system to describe electronic communication since the invention of the telegraph. In 1851, only six years after Samuel Morse received the message "What hath God wrought?" Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote: "By means of electricity, the world of matter has become a great nerve vibrating thousands of miles in a breathless point of time. The round globe is a vast brain, instinct with intelligence." Less than a century later, H. G.
By 2030, it’s estimated that more than 5 billion people will live in urban settings. Therefore, it’s imperative for cities to integrate technology into their infrastructure so that metropolian areas can sustain this rapid growth in population. With hackathons and app challanges, we’ve seen the emergence of civic startups, like SeeClickFix, and we’re now seeing the rise of “civic accelerators.” We all know Y Combinator and 500 Startups — those are stellar accelerators, and they’ve given rise to game-changing startups like Dropbox, Airbnb and Wildfire Interactive, which was acquired by Google earlier this year. Civic accelerators, on the other
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The White House is expected to release a new digital strategy for the entire federal government, perhaps as early as Wednesday during TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City, where U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park and Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel are scheduled to appear together.
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The three “layers” — information,
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There are several ways that this e-petition platform could be improved, which is always true if you think of open government being in beta. (That’s particularly true architects are improving a given government platform using citizen feedback).While the code hasn’t been repurposed by another national government yet, in the months since, they’ve continued to work on an API that would allow other petition services, like Avaaz, Change.org, 38 Degrees or SignOn, to tie into it.In January, the White House released a snapshot of data about the nature and growth of the platform’s use but didn’t sharing open data about the Web analytics behind We The
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