Today I moderated a panel with two members of the Mayor’s administration. Here’s the description:
Upon taking office in May 2011, Mayor Emanuel created two new positions in his office: Brett Goldstein as Chief Data Officer and Kevin Hauswirth as Director of Social Media. These two work to ensure that data-driven decision making, technology advancements and public engagement are at the core of Emanuel’s drive to make City government more transparent, accountable and efficient. This panel discussion will be the first time Goldstein and Hauswirth have shared the stage to talk about Chicago’s digital work and where the City is headed. The conversation will be moderated by Daniel O’Neil, Executive Director of the Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to making lives better in Chicago through technology.
We talked about how data affects policy (and the other way around), as well as the general process behind publishing social media content by the Mayor’s office. The third person in the trio– Chief Technology Officer John Tolva– was unable to attend because he was at the White House being recognized as a Champion of Change.
Here’s a shot from the crowd: