Schedule: The Power of Platforms sessions

If there’s one thing we learn from Apple’s iPhone, it’s the power of a platform to spark innovation. Apple revolutionized the smartphone market not just by producing an innovative phone, but by opening up that phone to independent developers. As if by magic, the 15 to 20 applications they designed and released themselves soon became hundreds of thousands, in a textbook demonstration of just what can happen when you harness the power of the marketplace.

So too, government programs can be designed as platforms rather than as fully-specified applications. In this section of the program, we look at some key areas where government is demonstrating strategic mastery of platform thinking, as well as at some innovative private sector programs that can be adapted for government use.

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Harlan Yu (Princeton University)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
In the spring of 2008, a team at Princeton wrote a paper called Government Data and the Invisible Hand. Harlan Yu will explain its argument that “The new administration should specify that the federal government’s primary objective as an online publisher is to provide data that is easy for others to reuse, rather than to help citizens use the data in one particular way or another.” Read more.
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Jim Traficant (Harris Healthcare Solutions)
Jim Traficant is not only the vice president in charge of the Healthcare Solutions group at Harris Corp, he has intensely personal reasons to believe in the importance of electronic medical records: they saved his life. Twice. He'll tell us why electronic medical records can and must transform our health care system. Read more.
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Mark Bolgiano (XBRL US), Donna Roy (DHS)
XBRL US CEO Mark Bolgiano and the Department of Homeland Security’s Executive Director for Information Sharing (and NIEM Executive Director) Donna Roy will share early success stories, and suggest how XBRL can be to increase transparency and visibility into "big data" in the private and public sectors, and where they intersect. Read more.
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Ellen Miller (Sunlight Foundation)
Average rating: ***..
(3.67, 3 ratings)
It's easy to celebrate the potential of open government. But as the last twenty months have shown us, achieving that potential is difficult. Ellen Miller, Executive Director of the Sunlight Foundation, provides a hard-hitting assessment of the successes and failures of the Open Government Initiative. Read more.
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Todd Park (Health and Human Services)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Todd Park, co-founder of Athena Health and now Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, has a vision of how health care data can be used to create a “holy cow machine” that will let us reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes in the same way that Walmart improves its inventory efficiency or Google improves ad targeting. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Clay Johnson (InformationDiet.com), Sanjeev Bhagowalia (U.S. General Services Administration)
Clay Johnson interviews Sanjeev Bhagowalia from the GSA. The two discuss the future of "Government as a Platform." From what the Government has built so far to future services from Government to what government is doing to engage developers, large and small. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Osama Bedier (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
We’ll talk with PayPal Vice President of platform, mobile and new ventures, Osama Bedier, about how Paypal uses customer data to assess credit risk, how they safeguard the data, and how our systems for providing consumer credit are also a kind of identity credential that might just unlock some of the thorniest problems for today’s internet. Read more.
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How the US government is now leveraging the Internet, Web 2.0 and social networking to enable information sharing with non-traditional partners in support of stability operations in Afghanistan. Michele Weslander Quaid, the DNI's senior representative to Secretary of Defense's ISR Task Force, will give us a rapid tour of what we will see. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
Julius Genachowski (Federal Communications Commission ), Steven VanRoekel (Federal Communications Commission)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
In 2002, FCC.gov won an award for “Best Federal Government Website.” Much has changed since then, but FCC.gov hasn’t. At least not yet. It's been a long time coming, but the FCC.gov will relaunch by the end of 2010. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Managing Director Steven VanRoekel discuss the pending redesign and their experiences turning FCC.gov into a 21st century consumer resource. Read more.
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Location: Independence Ballroom A Level:
James T. Barry (PASSUR Aerospace)
Average rating: **...
(2.67, 3 ratings)
The FAA’s planned upgrade of the nation’s air traffic control system is billions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule, with no end in sight. We’ll hear from Jim Barry, the CEO of PASSUR Aerospace, on how they are using predictive modeling based on massive amounts of airline data to improve airlines, airports, corporate aviation, and the U.S. government. Read more.
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