InDay Speaker Series with Gavin Newsom
Technology - The Web
Newsom cut his teeth in government as a two-term mayor of San Francisco, one of the most high-tech, experimental, and progressive cities in the nation. But when he took office in 2003, this paragon city of American entrepreneurship was decades behind many cities of the world in terms of digital governance.
As mayor, Newsom saw a serious disconnect between how people engage with each other and how they engage with government. New technologies were allowing us to interact with our friends, our family, and business to business faster and more efficiently than ever, but our methods of connecting citizens with their elected officials and service agencies remained archaic and impractical.
His quest to modernize one of America’s most modern cities—and the amazing results he achieved—are the backbone of his book, CITIZENVILLE: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government. Now the Lieutenant Governor of California, Newsom is a fierce advocate of technology’s ability to revolutionize politics.
If the current gridlock in Washington tells us nothing else, it is that our government is broken. CITIZENVILLE offers the powerful message that innovation, intelligence, and freedom, combined with technology, can provide for broad political change and a better future for our country.