Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments — and their neighbors.
About Jennifer Pahlka
Jennifer is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works to make government work for the people, by the people, in the 21st century. She recently served as US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Prior to CfA, Jennifer worked in technology media, on the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb with O'Reilly Media and the Game Developers Conference and associated media with CMP. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and 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. She lives in Oakland, CA with her family and seven chickens.