Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, where she co-founded the United States Digital Service. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Oxford Internet Institute's Internet and Society Award, MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, and National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award.
Like most folks, I have a list of resolutions for the new year, some of them personal, some professional. But I also have a wish list for others, a list of things I would like to see in the world that would make the work… Continue Reading
Our friend and former colleague Jake Brewer died this weekend. He was riding to raise funds to beat cancer when he lost control of his bike and was hit by a car. Many of us in the Code for America community are mourning his loss,… Continue Reading
Today, Mike Bracken announced he is leaving his role as the head of the Government Digital Service in the U.K. The first era of successful government digital transformation has ended. Mike changed my life, and I’d like to take a moment to thank him. I… Continue Reading
Today, Textizen, a civic startup that connects governments with their citizens through text message, announced that it has been acquired by GovDelivery. This is no ordinary acquisition in the Code for America community. Textizen was originally developed in 2012 by Code for America fellows working… Continue Reading
Four years ago, Code for America launched with the radical idea that the 21st century is actually the perfect time for government that truly works for the people, by the people, as our founders intended. The people who came together to pursue this idea took… Continue Reading
Today marks an important milestone on the road to 21st century government: the launch of the first-ever venture capital fund dedicated to government technology startups. Led by the remarkable entrepreneur, investor, and friend to Code for America, Ron Bouganim, the Govtech Fund signals that the next… Continue Reading
In one of the many (justified) rants that Jon Stewart has treated us to on The Daily Show, he asked the question: If we could take the same urgency, enthusiasm, and clarity of vision you need to get elected to government and apply those to… Continue Reading
I feel a bit like Dorothy waking up back in Kansas after her adventures in Oz. I’ve just spent a year in our own magical capital, Washington, DC, serving as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and have now been back at… Continue Reading
Other than being a parent and a partner, Code for America has been the most important thing in my life for the past three years. I can’t imagine that it won’t remain so for many years to come. It’s challenging, and inspiring work, and I’m… Continue Reading
At a Chinese restaurant last weekend, my fortune cookie read: You are a deep thinker and a good problem solver. I was flattered by my cookie’s opinion, but the thought that sprang to mind was that the fortune was an excellent description of the Code… Continue Reading
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