California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom on ‘Citizenville’

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GUEST: GAVIN NEWSOM

You may recognize the name GAVIN NEWSOM from his historic 2004 decision as San Francisco Mayor to allow same-sex marriages. He is now the lieutenant governor of the State of California, following his two terms as mayor of San Francisco. Before running for office, Newsom founded 15 small businesses in the San Francisco Bay area. He’s also the author of the new book, “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government,” this pioneer of digital governance’s blueprint for how ordinary citizens can use online tools to dissolve political gridlock and transform American democracy. He’s challenged public leaders and civic innovators to commit to a “Government 2.0″ challenge and help reinvent government through technology; Philadelphia is among the early adoptees of the “Citizenville Challenge,” which calls for governments to adopt open data standards and application programming interfaces, implement open government policies and host civic-focused events.

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