Saturday, September 12, 2009

Opening the Gov 2.0 Summit with Aneesh Chopra

It was pretty thrilling to start the Gov 2.0 Summit with a discussion between the CTO of the United States, Aneesh Chopra, and Tim O'Reilly.
He spoke of three levers of influence for Gov 2.0:
1. Standards
2. Research and Development
3. Procurement
The Office of Management and Budget is still a few weeks away from releasing an Open Government Directive that outlines steps federal agencies can take to "hardwire the capability" for transparency, collaboration, and participatory government into their departments and processes, said Chopra. He believes this should not require heavy capital investments. "A lot of the platforms we describe in Open Government are really not that costly," Chopra said. "By definition these platforms are light."

Here is the video:

Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.) and Aneesh Chopra (Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy), "From the Digital Commonwealth to the Digital Nation"

This was a great way to kick of the first ever Gov 2.0 Summit and the conversation throughout the rest of the week was intense.