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Citizenville : how to take the town square digital and reinvent government. Author Gavin Newsom in conversation with KQED’s Michael Krasny

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Krasny, Michael, Moderator
Newsom, Gavin, Speaker


Computer History Museum

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Mountain View, California





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Computer History Museum


Event abstract

By integrating democratic government with cutting-edge American innovation, the lieutenant governor of California charts a bright future for open-source America

Citizenville is the story of how ordinary citizens can use new digital tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. As social networking and smart phones have changed the way we communicate with one another, these technologies are also changing our relationship with government.

Drawing on wide-ranging interviews with thinkers and politicians, Citizenville is the first book by Lieutenant Governor Newsom. He broke new ground as the mayor of San Francisco, one of the most high-tech, experimental, and progressive municipalities in the nation. But when Newsom’s tenure as mayor began, he found that San Francisco was behind the likes of Estonia and South Korea in terms of digital governance. Newsom’s quest to modernize one of America’s most modern cities—and the amazing results he achieves—form the backbone of this far-reaching book.

Lieutenant Governor Newsom explains how the problems of twenty-first-century America are too big and too expensive for the government simply to buy solutions. Instead, we must innovate our way out. Just as the post office and the highway system provide public infrastructure to channel both personal and private enterprise—a platform upon which citizens can grow—so too could a modern digital government house the needs, concerns, information, and collaboration of an enlightened digital citizenry.

KQED’s Forum host Michael Krasny will do moderating honors tonight. The Museum is proud to welcome California’s Lieutenant Governor and Michael Krasny to our stage for what is certain to be a captivating conversation. Please join us.

Our partner Kepler’s Books will be on-site selling copies of Citizenville before and after the program. Gavin Newsom will be signing books immediately following the program's end.

We are very pleased that C-SPAN's Book TV will be on-site taping this event for future broadcast.

Revolutionaries is the Museum’s acclaimed speaker series distributed throughout the world on multiple platforms. It features renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling, educational conversations often with leading journalists. Our audiences gain insight into the remarkable process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success.

We are very pleased that KQED FM will be onsite taping this event for broadcast on March 6 at 8pm.

Watch this event on the Computer History Museum's YouTube channel.


Lecture; Sponsored

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CHM Lecture Collection

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