Gov 2.0 Summit: Aneesh Chopra

September 9, 2009 – 3:27 am

Aneesh Chopra is the US Federal CTO. The conversation on stage between him and Tim O’Reilly began with an explanation of the role of the CTO vs that of the CIO (Vivek Kundra). The impression I got was that the CTO has a political role while the CIO is more independent. Mr Chopra spent his time on stage clutching a Starbucks coffee mug and telling stories about the use of technology in healthcare, medicine, and other areas.

The big takeway for me was that while administrations change every four or eight years, your open government initiative doesn’t have to die with the next regime. If you build something that citizens will get addicted to, the citizens won’t let the pols break it.

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