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Friday, January 30, 2009

Obama selects Google manager as Director of Citizen Participation

Katie Jacobs Stanton, who has worked for Google and Yahoo, has been selected to help President Obama "create a 21st century government." The Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Working Group has already split into four teams to examine how innovation can be applied to government, national priorities, sciences and civil society.
According to reports, President Obama has selected Google (and former Yahoo) group product manager Katie Jacobs Stanton as the country's first "Director of Citizen Participation."

Citizen Participation has been a key phrase in Obama's technological policy vernacular since the start of his campaign. From campaign literature: "Barack Obama will use the most current technological tools available to make government less beholden to special interest groups and lobbyists and promote citizen participation in government decision-making."

Part of this approach included the development of the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform (TIGR) Working Group, a team of more than 30 tech industry professionals set to "create a 21st century government that is more open and effective; leverages technology to grow the economy, create jobs, and solve our country's most pressing problems; respects the integrity of and renews our commitment to science; and catalyzes active citizenship and partnerships in shared governance with civil society institutions."
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