President Barack Obama named Aneesh Chopra as the nation’s first chief technology officer in April 2009. In the nearly three years since, he was a tireless, passionate advocate for applying technology to make government and society work better. If you’re not familiar with the work of the nation’s first CTO, make sure to read Nancy Scola’s extended “exit interview” with Aneesh Chopra at the Atlantic. where he was clear about his role: “As an advisor to the president, I have three main responsibilities,” he said: “To make sure he has the best information to make the right policy calls for the country, which is a question of my judgment.”On his
Editor’s note: Abhi Nemani is Strategy Director at Code for America, which is a nonprofit helping develop public service opportunities for developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. The Code for America Accelerator is providing seed funding, support, and networking for startups interested in working in the civic space.
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Popularized by “The Lean Startup“ author Eric Ries, the concept of the pivot centers around an organization’s ability to adapt its focus based on the realization of new market potential or service need.At the beginning of fiscal year 2013, NASA’s open government group did just that, formally adopting new nomenclature to emphasize innovation, and now serves under the banner of “open innovation.”But to NASA Open Innovation Program Manager Nick Skytland and his team, this isn’t about semantics. It’s about better serving the agency in an era of crowd-generated ideas and contributions.Openness, including open innovation platforms, open data and open
Question No. 1: Yup, that’s really Barack Obama, taking questions over at a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything).
There’s not a lot to it. I’ve gotten to know quite a few folks in the WH & Obama campaign team over the years and it was always something I brought up when I got the chance. There are quite a few redditors at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave and at the campaign HQ — given the prominence of reddit, it’s an easy sell.
Questions 2A, 2B, 2C: It’s not really
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