Obama's Open Government Push in the Spotlight
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The tech sector will be well-represented at a series of White House-sponsored events today. Datamation has all the details.
With its first birthday fast approaching, the Obama administration is holding a series of events today that amount to a paean to the president's campaign promises of using technology to transform government and live up to the ideals of openness and transparency.
This afternoon, Obama is holding a forum to hear from the CEOs of 50 private-sector firms, many in the tech sector, pairing senior government officials with business leaders to gather suggestions for applying technology to modernize the government.
"We want good ideas from both sectors," Jeffrey Zients, the administration's chief performance officer, said this morning on a conference call with reporters. "Today is about gathering the best practices, the best ideas, coupling those with the right technologies."
Among the invited attendees are Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, and Chris Hughes, the Facebook co-founder who ran the social media plank of Obama's presidential campaign.