Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government

Aneesh Chopra (Author)


Over the last twenty years, our economy and our society have been completely revolutionized by technology. As Aneesh Chopra shows in Innovative State, once it became clear how much this would change America, a movement arose around the idea that these same technologies could reshape and improve government. But the idea languished, and while the private sector innovated, our government stalled.

The election of Barack Obama offered a new opportunity. In 2009, Aneesh Chopra was named the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States. Previously the Secretary of Technology for Virginia and managing director for a health care think tank, Chopra led the administration's initiatives for a more open, tech-savvy government. In Innovative State, he draws on this experience and interviews with policy experts and tech insiders to offer an absorbing look at how government can establish a new paradigm for the internet era and allow us to tackle our most challenging problems, from economic development to veteran affairs.

Product Details

$16.00  $14.72
Grove Press
Publish Date
June 14, 2016
5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Aneesh Chopra was the first chief technology officer of the United States government. Currently, he is the co-founder and executive vice president of Hunch Analytics, a technology firm focused on improving public and regulated sectors through data analytics, and a member of the Council on Virginia's Future. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Praise for Innovative State

"Aneesh Chopra has been the leader of the movement to use technology to revolutionize government in the same way technology has been used to transform other aspects of our lives. With inspiring stories and clear insights, he provides a playbook for open innovations that work both in the public and the private sector."
--Walter Isaacson

"Aneesh Chopra is an innovator, and an inspiration. Read his book to learn a ton of terrific news about what has been happening in American government, and about what might happen in the future. Prepare to be inspired!"
--Cass Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard University

"Aneesh Chopra's Innovative State is must-reading for anyone interested in tackling America's biggest problems. We've seen how new technologies have dramatically changed the media industry, and Chopra shows how we can use them to remake our government."
--Arianna Huffington

"For years, Aneesh Chopra has been at the forefront of integrating modern technologies from the private sector into government, to the benefit of all Americans. With Innovative State, he takes us on the journey that led to where we are today and shows us how far we have to go."
--Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google

"In an industry where market forces don't naturally foster innovation, Chopra has uncovered the playbook for improvement. Regardless of party or politics, Innovative State is a must read for anyone with a passion for fixing the problems facing modern government."
--Clayton M. Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of The Innovator's Dilemma

"In Innovative State, Aneesh Chopra demonstrates that the same technological innovations revolutionizing industry hold the potential to forever reshape and improve our government. We experienced this dynamic firsthand through LinkedIn's data sharing partnership with the Veterans Job Bank, and agree that a more open and collaborative government can deliver transformational results."
--Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

"Aneesh Chopra is the real deal, focused on both inspirational ideas and effective implementation. In Innovative State, he shows how government can serve people better by adopting new approaches to information technology. If you believe in government, or even if you're frustrated by it, read this book--it will give you hope."
--Peter Orszag, Former Director of the Office of Management and Budget

"The nation's first chief technology officer describes efforts to modernize the federal government. . . .Valuable for policymakers."
--Kirkus Reviews

"Chopra starts by offering a brief but compelling history of government-enabled technological innovation in the United States. . . . [He] offers great examples of bringing new kinds of talent into government . . . [and] provides useful insight about using the toolkit that he describes."
--Stanford Social Innovation Review

Praise for Aneesh Chopra

"As the federal government's first Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra did groundbreaking work to bring our government into the 21st century. Aneesh found countless ways to engage the American people using technology, from electronic health records for veterans, to expanding access to broadband for rural communities, to modernizing government records. His legacy of leadership and innovation will benefit Americans for years to come."
--President Barack Obama