Coding a Better Government

Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes the government can be run like the Internet — and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments and their neighbors.

This is one of the more interesting TED Talks I’ve listened to in a long, long time. More than the government being run like the Internet, this points out that technology should be designed and used to make people’s lives easier, more efficient and more effective.

Once our lives adopt “the internet of things” the life that Pahlka envisions might not be far off. How great is the definition of government as “doing together what we can’t do alone”? That’s amazing, when you think about it and frames government in a way that should get the average person excited about government in a way that dovetails from “politics.”

Government is a vast ocean and politics is the layer on top.

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