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Aneesh Chopra – Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

Monday, December 8, 2014
4:30 pm


Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

Co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson School

Aneesh Chopra, co-founder and executive vice president at Hunch Analytics and former U.S. chief technology officer, will discuss his new book,“Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government,” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at the Woodrow Wilson School in Robertson Hall. A book sale and signing will follow his discussion. This event is cosponsored with the School’s Center for Information Technology Policy.

Chopra was sworn in as the country’s first chief technology officer in May 2009 and served in the Obama Administration as an assistant to the president and associate director for technology within the Office of Science and Technology Policy. He worked to advance the President’s technology agenda by fostering new ideas and encouraging government-wide coordination to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health care costs, to protecting the homeland.

“Innovative State” tells the story of a new revolution in America. Over the past twenty years, as the economy and U.S. society have been completely changed by technology, and the private sector has innovated, government has stalled, trapped in models that were designed for the America of the past. Chopra, tasked with leading the charge for a more open, tech-savvy government, shows how we can reshape our government and tackle some of the nation’s most vexing problems from economic development to affordable healthcare. Chopra draws on interviews with leaders and firsthand experience to show we can be smart, do more with less and reshape American government for the 21st Century.

Chopra served as the fourth secretary of technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia from January 2006 until April 2009. Prior to his appointment by then-Governor Timothy M. Kaine, he served as managing director with the Advisory Board Company, a publicly-traded healthcare think tank. Chopra was named to Government Technology magazine’s Top 25 in their “Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” issue in 2008.