Aneesh Chopra was named today as the new Chief Technical Officer nominee for President Obama. Chopra is currently the Secretary of Technology for Virginia.
“The responsibilities of the CIO are to use information technology to transform the ways in which the government does business. The CTO will develop national strategies for using advanced technologies to transform our economy and our society, such as fostering private sector innovation, reducing administrative costs and medical errors using health IT, and using technology to change the way teachers teach and students learn.”
Further, he’s made significant achievements in health care and education, which, you remember, is just what Obama wants. He’s gotten the nation’s first open-source textbook approved, created competitions for the state’s students to create iPhone apps, and designed a social network for physicians in remote areas.
Most importantly, Chopra’s achievements are forward-looking (Web 2.0, social networking, open source) but fervently grounded in the practical. He’s not pushing for the sake of pushing, he’s using the best tools we have in the best way he can.”
Here’s a video of Chopra at the State of the Net conference this year.