Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

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Over the last twenty years, our economy and our society, from how we shop and pay our bills to how we communicate, have been completely revolutionized by technology. As Aneesh Chopra shows in Innovative State, once it became clear how much this would change America, a movement arose around the idea that these same technologies could reshape and improve government. But the idea languished, and while the private sector innovated, our government stalled, trapped in a model ...
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Overview


Over the last twenty years, our economy and our society, from how we shop and pay our bills to how we communicate, have been completely revolutionized by technology. As Aneesh Chopra shows in Innovative State, once it became clear how much this would change America, a movement arose around the idea that these same technologies could reshape and improve government. But the idea languished, and while the private sector innovated, our government stalled, trapped in a model designed for the America of the 1930s and 1960s.

The election of Barack Obama offered a new opportunity. In 2009, Aneesh Chopra was named the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States federal government. Previously the Secretary of Technology for Virginia and managing director for a health care think tank, Chopra was tasked with leading the administration’s initiatives for a more open, tech-savvy government.

Inspired by private sector trailblazers, Chopra wrote the playbook for governmental open innovation. In Innovative State he offers an absorbing look at how open government can establish a new paradigm for the internet era and allow us to tackle our most challenging problems, from economic development to affordable health care.

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As the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, Aneesh Chopra writes about government technological issues with unprecedented authority. In this groundbreaking book, he describes improvements that can and, in some instances, are already being made to improve services and ultimately generate growth. A vital document in cutting-edge ideas and applications.

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Praise for Innovative State

“Aneesh Chopra has been the leader of the movement to use technology to revolutionize government in the same way technology has been used to transform other aspects of our lives. With inspiring stories and clear insights, he provides a playbook for open innovations that work both in the public and the private sector.”
—Walter Isaacson

"Aneesh Chopra is an innovator, and an inspiration. Read his book to learn a ton of terrific news about what has been happening in American government, and about what might happen in the future. Prepare to be inspired!"
—Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University

“Aneesh Chopra’s Innovative State is must-reading for anyone interested in tackling America’s biggest problems. We’ve seen how new technologies have dramatically changed the media industry, and Chopra shows how we can use them to remake our government.”
—Arianna Huffington

“For years, Aneesh Chopra has been at the forefront of integrating modern technologies from the private sector into government, to the benefit of all Americans. With Innovative State, he takes us on the journey that led to where we are today and shows us how far we have to go.”
—Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google

“In an industry where market forces don’t naturally foster innovation, Chopra has uncovered the playbook for improvement. Regardless of party or politics, Innovative State is a must read for anyone with a passion for fixing the problems facing modern government.”
—Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator’s Dilemma

"In Innovative State, Aneesh Chopra demonstrates that the same technological innovations revolutionizing industry hold the potential to forever reshape and improve our government. We experienced this dynamic firsthand through LinkedIn's data sharing partnership with the Veterans Job Bank, and agree that a more open and collaborative government can deliver transformational results."
—Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

“Aneesh Chopra is the real deal, focused on both inspirational ideas and effective implementation. In Innovative State, he shows how government can serve people better by adopting new approaches to information technology. If you believe in government, or even if you’re frustrated by it, read this book—it will give you hope.”
—Peter Orszag, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

“The nation’s first chief technology officer describes efforts to modernize the federal government. . . .Valuable for policymakers.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Chopra starts by offering a brief but compelling history of government-enabled technological innovation in the United States. . . . [He] offers great examples of bringing new kinds of talent into government . . . [and] provides useful insight about using the toolkit that he describes.”
Stanford Social Innovation Review

Praise for Aneesh Chopra

“As the federal government's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come.”
—President Barack Obama

“Chopra has been one of those who have taught me the most about how we can build a better government with the help of technology…. Aneesh Chopra is a rock star. He's a brilliant, thoughtful change-maker. He knows technology, he knows government, and he knows how to put the two together to solve real problems.”
—Tim O’Reilly, chairman of O’Reilly Media

“I've worked with Aneesh for a [couple of] years, and bear witness that he's the real deal, and has done a lot for the country, serving citizens well and providing a good return for the taxpayer dollar. In sum, he's helped connect entrepreneurs to our government in a spirit that makes you feel like we can invent our way out of our nation's biggest challenges.”
—Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

“He’s done a great job, enthusiastically talking about the role of technology and reinventing government, and how you open up this data to other people, but also been a great advocate and partner in a lot of their entrepreneurial initiative.”
—Steve Case, co-founder of AOL

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Praise for Aneesh Chopra

“As the federal government's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come.”—President Barack Obama

“Aneesh built one of the best technology platforms in government in the state of Virginia.”—Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google

“Chopra has been one of those who have taught me the most about how we can build a better government with the help of technology…. Aneesh Chopra is a rock star. He's a brilliant, thoughtful change-maker. He knows technology, he knows government, and he knows how to put the two together to solve real problems.”—Tim O’Reilly, chairman of O’Reilly Media

“I've worked with Aneesh for a [couple of] years, and bear witness that he's the real deal, and has done a lot for the country, serving citizens well and providing a good return for the taxpayer dollar. In sum, he's helped connect entrepreneurs to our government in a spirit that makes you feel like we can invent our way out of our nation's biggest challenges.”—Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

“He’s done a great job, enthusiastically talking about the role of technology and reinventing government, and how you open up this data to other people, but also been a great advocate and partner in a lot of their entrepreneurial initiative.”—Steve Case, co-founder of AOL

“His work, both in Virginia and Federal, has helped advance open government.”—Eric Cantor, House (Republican) Majority Leader

Library Journal
As the federal government's first chief technology officer, Chopra brought Americans everything from electronic records for veterans to broadband access for rural communities. President Obama calls his work groundbreaking.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-04-14
The nation's first chief technology officer describes efforts to modernize the federal government.A leading figure in governmental open innovation, Chopra served from 2009 to 2012 as President Barack Obama's technology honcho, charged with bringing the latest high-tech tools and techniques into the business of an outdated, low-tech federal bureaucracy. The author traces his own education (in the pre-Internet days) at Johns Hopkins, his growing familiarity with the IT revolution in jobs at Morgan Stanley and elsewhere, and his work as Virginia's secretary of technology, where he began initiatives making it easier for citizens to access government information online. Building on the latter experience, he joined the early Obama administration to help close the serious technology gap between the federal government and the private sector. His key goals were to spur long-term job growth and to increase private sector participation in solving public problems. In these pages, he recounts the open innovation principles he used to foster technological innovation across federal agencies. The principles, which he outlined in an "Open Innovator's Toolkit," rely on open data (computer-friendly and easily understandable), challenges and prizes (to find solutions), and the attraction of talented innovators. Chopra offers many examples of initiatives based on such tools, from the creation of a Veterans Job Bank search engine at the end of the first Iraq war to efforts to work with the private sector to modernize the country's electrical grid to a notable success in making critically needed government information on situations in local neighborhoods available online to residents in post-Katrina New Orleans. Open innovation, he writes, can help solve problems "by tapping into widespread talent and the latest technology, while always putting a premium on pragmatism and collaboration."Valuable for policymakers. Although not involved in the recent troubled launch of healthcare.gov, Chopra suspects outdated IT procurement rules and political interference were the culprits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802121332
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 150,904
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Aneesh Chopra was the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States government. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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