Most government agencies extract relatively little of the insight potentially available in their data, typically using pre-defined reports and backward-looking summarization techniques. The scale of these data sets, creates quite a challenge in computational and storage scale for the systems that would perform analytics intended to extract the actionable insights.
"We can really change the way people own their country if they know how it works.” That’s California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on the importance of Civics education. In this conversation with Tim O’Reilly, Secretary Bowen will talk about the role of an informed citizenry in the working of government, as well as California’s progress towards open government.
Among the wide-ranging topics we can expect to hear about are lessons learned in the private sector that may translate well to the public sector; what the cloud may mean for achieving Gov2.0; IT consolidation and growth cycles during economic austerity; and the unpredictable pathways these two technology leaders might take.
We may feel the weight of how hard change is in government, and sometimes lose faith that it's possible, but the next generation believes it can happen and is expecting us to do something about it. They're also expecting us to let them do something about it. Let's either rise to the challenge they are offering, or get out of the way and let them do it.
Dale Dougherty, publisher of Make: Magazine and the wildly popular Maker Faire events, which draw hundreds of thousands of people to a festival of Do-It-Yourself science and technology innovation, will talk about his vision for turbocharging science, technology, and math education.
PopVox founder and former congressional staffer Marci Harris will lay out her vision for aggregating, curating and quantifying grassroots activism to deliver the public's message in a way that can be received - and acted upon - by Congress.
This lightening talk features a brief demo of how BrightScope works. However, it will also tell the founders' fascinating story of extracting public data from the Department of Labor and how open data fuels an innovation economy.
Todd Park, co-founder of Athena Health and now Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, has a vision of how health care data can be used to create a “holy cow machine” that will let us reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes in the same way that Walmart improves its inventory efficiency or Google improves ad targeting.
We all know that our educational attainment is the foundation of future economic success. Yet we continue to teach using 19th century methods. Elizabeth Coleman, President of Bennington College, has been leading a revolutionary revamp of her college’s curriculum, building it around finding solutions to real-world problems. She’ll share her vision of how to revitalize higher education in America.
We live in a world of increasing urbanization, which signals both human ambition and the beginning of new and complex challenges – overcrowding, persistent unemployment, and greater exposure to natural disasters. In this session, Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, will discuss how public, private and philanthropic sectors can become a collective engine for social impact.
President Obama elevated the importance of technology, data and innovation with the appointment of a national CTO and CIO. The two leaders will share their vision for technological innovation, public sector excellence, and the application of technology in national priorities like health IT, smart grid and education.
VMWare CTO Steve Herrod explores his bold vision for cloud interoperability, plus a range of other issues raised by cloud computing, including security, privacy, and cost savings.
Hear how cloud computing is enabling new business models, and allowing innovative approaches to projects not possible before. We'll discuss how commercial companies and government agencies are using the cloud today, and what it means for government looking to move more nimbly.
Blogger, author, and trainer Kathy Sierra has electrified the technology community with her insights about how application developers can use “brain friendly” techniques to create passionate users of their software. Now she turns her insights to the question of how government agencies seeking to engage the public can design programs that create passionate citizens.
The 2010 Haiti earthquake exacerbated an already unprecedented humanitarian emergency, yet the international community, both professional and volunteer, responded in an unprecedented manner. People were pulled out from collapsed buildings alive because of a complex response process and communication chain that started with a single text message.
Many of today’s most powerful technologies depend on trust–trust that when a consumer or citizen provides information, to a web or mobile application, that information won’t be misused. The answer is not to treat this information as a kind of toxic asset, and build Maginot lines to protect it, but to build policy frameworks around acceptable use, and penalties for misuse.
Technology in Washington DC is starting to sound an awful lot like Silicon Valley. And for good reason: our Government has embraced technology like never before. While this technology is being implemented for everything from increasing transparency to improving collaboration, the common thread underlying all of it is innovation.
Andrew McAfee of MIT's Sloan School of Management and author of the book Enterprise 2.0 explains how to adapt the new social tools and platforms that were first pioneered on the consumer internet to the more demanding needs of the enterprise - including government.
The spectrum future shock of exponentially rising communication demands challenges our existing spectrum allocation mechanisms. We must also adapt our policy and regulatory frameworks to enable deployment of cognitive communication technologies that span licensed and unlicensed spectrum. Both technology and policy will be needed to realize this vision of everywhere, anytime communication.
The adoption of social media and Web platforms by the federal government has accelerated rapidly over recent years. Underneath that growth, however, has been a complex dance of legal navigation, including contracts, service level agreements, copyrights, trademarks and more.
How is government taking citizen engagement beyond public dialogs to co-creation? Innovation challenges and prizes harness the innovative spirit of America, and GSA is providing tools to make it EASY. Bev Godwin, Director of New Media and Citizen Engagement in GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies will show you how.
In the spring of 2008, a team at Princeton wrote a paper called Government Data and the Invisible Hand. Harlan Yu will explain its argument that “The new administration should specify that the federal government’s primary objective as an online publisher is to provide data that is easy for others to reuse, rather than to help citizens use the data in one particular way or another.”
The session will discuss the City of Vancouver Open Government initiative and how use of Open Data is benefitting Government, citizens, and the community.
Good customer service is not traditionally a subject we associate with government. What can government agencies learn from the private sector and from those in government who are learning to raise the bar in customer service? Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, is joined by a series of government innovators to highlight breakthroughs in customer service.
Ample evidence shows that entrepreneurs and small businesses are the primary drivers of innovation and job creation in the economy. When job creation matters more than ever, what role is there for the federal government? How can the government encourage more startups, or help companies scale and grow faster? Is it possible for the government to be more entrepreneurial?
There is a wealth of valuable information that we want to share that makes life better, richer, more efficient. But this is becoming a most delicate balance. How can we create incentives for users and providers to use and protect information about themselves and others? We have four panelists from the private sector, research, and government, who are working on providing the balance necessary.
Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Education Technology at the US Department of Education. She has been focused on the future of learning for most of her career in both the public and shares her public and private sector experience with us.
Clare Lockhart, Steve Killelea, and Ory Okolloh share their experience on the front lines around the world on creating tools and tailored metrics of success, as they bring citizens, organizations and networks bear on making states work better for their people.
Jim Shelton, the Assistant Deputy Secretary of Education, and Director of the Office of Innovation and Improvement, brings a decidedly Gov2.0 perspective to the Department of Education. He heads up the Innovation Fund for the Department and has some excellent ideas for breathing new life into education.
Historically, noted individuals have had profound impact on the shape of public policy and government institutions. Today, technology enables all individuals to play a role. Donohue will highlight how simple actions by many individuals have the potential for tremendous social impact.
It's easy to celebrate the potential of open government. But as the last twenty months have shown us, achieving that potential is difficult. Ellen Miller, Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, provides a hard-hitting assessment of the successes and failures of the Open Government Initiative.
As part of it's efforts to create a strategic open government plan, the U.S. Department of Transportation is reaching out to agency workers for their ideas on how to make the agency work better.
Tim O'Reilly and Richard O'Neill welcome you to Gov 2.0 Summit 2010 and intro "A Case for Open Data in Transit."
We’ll talk with PayPal Vice President of platform, mobile and new ventures, Osama Bedier, about how Paypal uses customer data to assess credit risk, how they safeguard the data, and how our systems for providing consumer credit are also a kind of identity credential that might just unlock some of the thorniest problems for today’s internet.
Web 2.0 has ushered in a new age in which public goods are built privately. What lessons does the web provide government on how to harness the private sector to achieve common goals? We’ll discuss this critical topic with economist Nick Gruen, Chair of Australia’s Open Government Task Force.
In 2002, FCC.gov won an award for “Best Federal Government Website.” Much has changed since then, but FCC.gov hasn’t. At least not yet. It's been a long time coming, but the FCC.gov will relaunch by the end of 2010. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Managing Director Steven VanRoekel discuss the pending redesign and their experiences turning FCC.gov into a 21st century consumer resource.
The FAA’s planned upgrade of the nation’s air traffic control system is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, with no end in sight. We’ll hear from Jim Barry, the CEO of PASSUR Aerospace, on how they are using predictive modeling based on massive amounts of airline data to improve airlines, airports, corporate aviation, and the U.S. government.
How the US government is now leveraging the Internet, Web 2.0 and social networking to enable information sharing with non-traditional partners in support of stability operations in Afghanistan. Michele Weslander Quaid, the DNI's senior representative to Secretary of Defense's ISR Task Force, will give us a rapid tour of what we will see.
With more than 100 million viewers of more than 700 electrifying lectures, TED has grown into far more than a gathering for the best and brightest from the world of science, technology, design, and social innovation. Executive VP June Cohen, who masterminded the TED video program, will talk about how to leverage technology for public education on a grand scale.
Many well meaning outsiders have prescriptions for how to change government, but real change starts with understanding how things actually happen in Washington. Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government Beth Noveck will give us an eye-opening list of ten ways that outsiders can have an impact. And Deputy U.S. CTO, Andrew McLaughlin will discuss Carl.gov: One Year On.
Every city performs much the same functions for its citizens. Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, Washington DC Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak, and Open Plans’ director Nick Grossman discuss their new cloud-based initiative for code-sharing between cities, states, and government agencies.
How do we make fundamental changes in the direction of a structure as massive as our ship of state? In this opening keynote, open government pioneer Carl Malamud looks at Government 2.0 and asks how this movement can lead to fundamental changes in the federal bureaucracy, breaking down long-entrenched barriers to innovation to create a government as a platform for all of us.
This session features a short discussion about the practical lessons learned for managing financial systems implementations at large federal agencies, including critical success factors and perspectives on achieving performance goals.
The debate over use of consumer digital data has now raged for decades. Is the struggle over online privacy a witchhunt or a noble effort to protect consumers? And how do the stakes change when government agencies join the fray?
Clay Johnson interviews Sanjeev Bhagowalia from the GSA. The two discuss the future of "Government as a Platform." From what the Government has built so far to future services from Government to what government is doing to engage developers, large and small.
Within the federal government alone, millions of learning resources exist but are very hard to find. The federal government has invested billions in developing and curating digital materials suitable for learning. The Learning Registry will make these resources easier to find, share and classify, permitting the public to participate and innovate with the material in new, unforeseen ways.
Fighting networks with networks: how secure social software platforms could save lives in combat.
Legendary technology visionary John Seely Brown talks about the new innovation paradigm, explaining how talented individuals use the latest social technologies to find and attract people and resources they need to help them achieve their goals, and pull from within themselves the highest performance.
The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board is using new technologies to harness the massive quantity of public data available about Stimulus spending to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. This presentation will discuss the Board’s approach which leverages the human mind to spot anomalies, their methodology, and demonstrate how an example case of fraud was found and investigated through data.
Problems do not have boundaries–they are not constrained by bureaucracy, funding issues or turf wars–and need horizontal agents who can build the networks it takes to drive change. Frank DiGiammarino, the Deputy to the Special Advisor to the President for Recovery Implementation, will discuss ways in which the private and public sectors can partner for innovative and effective problem solving.
Peter Ho is heading a transformation of Singapore’s government service, seeing the government "as a platform". Peter Schwartz, author of The Art of the Long View, writes, "In my view, Singapore is the Apple Computer of nations..." They will discuss the Singapore miracle and how it is unfolding.
Colorado venture capitalist Brad Feld, one of the co-founders of StartupVisa.com, will share with us stories of immigrant entrepreneurs and the positive impact they can have on our economy.
In this rapid-fire session, we ask leaders from government, foundations, and private sector for ten policy changes that would increase the rate of American innovation. Tom Kalil, Policy Director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Lesa Mitchell of the Kaufman Foundation, and Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly Media, will give us their top recommendations.
Jim Traficant is not only the vice president in charge of the Healthcare Solutions group at Harris Corp, he has intensely personal reasons to believe in the importance of electronic medical records: they saved his life. Twice. He'll tell us why electronic medical records can and must transform our health care system.
Gregory Miller, co-director of the Open Source Digital Voting Systems initiative, will give us an overview of the current state of electronic voting systems and the role that open source can play in making them more trustworthy.
XBRL US CEO Mark Bolgiano and the Department of Homeland Security’s Executive Director for Information Sharing (and NIEM Executive Director) Donna Roy will share early success stories, and suggest how XBRL can be to increase transparency and visibility into "big data" in the private and public sectors, and where they intersect.