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Published on Sep 21, 2011
Aneesh Chopra, the US Federal Chief Technology Officer, and deputy CTO Chris Vein, in conversation with Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO, O'Reilly Media.
O'Reilly Media, Inc.
Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, the Web 2.0 Summit, Strata: The Business of Data, and many others. O'Reilly's Make: magazine and Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. Tim's blog, O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O'Reilly's early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online.
Federal Office of Science and Technology Policy
Chopra serves as the Federal Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Chopra promotes technological innovation to help the country meet its goals from job creation, to reducing health-care costs, to protecting the homeland. Prior to his confirmation, he served as Virginia's Secretary of Technology. He lead the Commonwealth's strategy to effectively leverage technology in government reform, to promote Virginia's innovation agenda, and to foster technology-related economic development. Previously, he worked as Managing Director with the Advisory Board Company, leading the firm's Financial Leadership Council and the Working Council for Health Plan Executives.
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Chris Vein is the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, Chris searches for those with transformative ideas, convenes those inside and outside government to explore and test them, and catalyzes the results into a national action plan. .Prior to joining the White House, Chris was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City and County of San Francisco (City) where he led the City in becoming a national force in the application of new media platforms, use of open source applications, creation of new models for expanding digital inclusion, emphasizing "green" technology, and transforming government. This year, Chris was again named to the top 50 public sector CIOs by InformationWeek Magazine. He has been named to Government Technology Magazine's Top 25: Dreamers, Doers, and Drivers and honored as the Community Broadband Visionary of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Chris is a sought-after commentator and speaker, quoted in a wide range of news sources from the Economist to Inc. Magazine. In past work lives, Chris has worked in the public sector at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), for the American Psychological Association, and in a nonpolitical role, at the White House supporting three Presidents of the United States.