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Thinking About "Government as a Platform"

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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:

Mitch Kapor, a pioneer of the personal computing revolution who has been at the forefront of information technology for 30 years as an entrepreneur, software designer, angel investor, and activist, raises a series of provocative questions about the “government as platform” meme. As we raise this metaphor to think about the roles of app creators and government data providers and how we might see a change in governance in the process, Mitch will ask us to carefully consider a number of questions that are fundamental to realizing this model.

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Mitchell Kapor

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Mitchell Kapor, is a pioneer of the personal computing revolution and has been at the forefront of information technology for 30 years as an entrepreneur, software designer, activist, and investor. He is widely known as founder of Lotus Development Corporation and the designer of Lotus 1-2-3, the “killer application” which made the personal computer ubiquitous in the business world in the 1980s. Other organizations in which Mr. Kapor has played an important role include UUNET (founding investor), the first successful independent commercial Internet Service Provider; The Electronic Frontier Foundation (co-founder), which protects freedom and privacy on the Internet; Real Networks (founding investor), which pioneered the use of streaming media over the Internet; the Mozilla Foundation (founding Chair), maker of the open source web browser Firefox; and Linden Research (founding investor, Board Chair), the creator of the first successful open virtual world, Second Life.

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