On Monday, December 21st the Institute for Education hosted a live salon, Agents of Change: Celebrating #CivicTechService, as part of its #IFElive virtual speaker series.
Featured speaker, the Hon. Mark Warner, United States Senator from Virginia, discussed how technology practitioners and entrepreneurs have helped to shape the frontiers of innovation in the federal government by bringing agile leadership, core expertise and vitality to agencies in all branches of the U.S. government. Viewers of this session received an inside look at how #CivicTechService has become an American tradition, and we will celebrate their ingenuity and expertise which continues to modernize and deploy new digital services helping to deliver faster and smarter services for the American public.
Todd Park, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer provided opening remarks and introduced Suhas Subramanyam, Virginia State delegate and former Policy Advisor and Special Assistant for Technology Policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who, in turn, introduced his friend Senator Warner.
IFE Innovation Steward, Dr. Amy Geng, moderated the lively Q&A, handling a myriad of questions and topics including, but not limited to: tech industry self-regulation versus itself versus government regulation; the transatlantic relationship in the digital domain during the Biden
Era; security threat from Russia or China; bipartisan record on civic tech issues; to broadband policies or programs for nationwide coverage and more.
The salon concluded with a short video clip celebrating the Civic Tech community that IFE has been proud to be a part of these past seven years. View salon screenshots.