Making Government Work For the People in the Digital Age

Jennifer Pahlka, Code for America

As we trend towards an anticipated global population of 9 billion mostly urban citizens, can technology make cities more manageable and productive? How can citizen engagement lead to more effective, responsive urban governance?

Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, a national non-profit that works to prove that government can work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. In 2013-2014, she served as US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and before that, ran the Game Developers Conference and related properties. She is the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award.

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