FCC Tech Cast | Aneesh Chopra, CTO of the United States


Hi I’m Haley Van Dyck and I’m sitting here
with Aneesh Chopra the first CTO of the United States We were lucky enough to have Aneesh
join us today at the FCC Spectrum Summit where he chatted with Meridith Baker around Spectrum
policy in the United States we fielded questions from Twitter which we have a couple that we
are going to ask Aneesh very quickly first question is from carlos laigreta what specific
policies in the U.S. government are we using to promote innovation? Well the President’s
strategy for American Innovations layouts three categories of policies policies that
focus on the building blocks of innovation that would be our committment to nearly double
the amount of investment and basic science R&D if you will which we’re committed doing
around the agencies of the National Science Foundations/NIST and the Department of Energy’s
Office of Basic Science it includes the President’s committment to encourage 5 million more Americans
to get college degrees as part of his overall American graduation initative which includes
resources over 2 billion dollars and that initative and it also includes the President’s
committment to enabling a broadband infastructure for the country which did include our Recovery
Act investments in exccessive of 7 billion dollars plus a number of other activities
today’s discussion chief among them are policy framework around spectrum we’re also committed
to in the second leg of the President’s strategy for American Innovation policies that will
promote specifically open and competitve markets focus on entrepreneurship and here the Presidents
been focusing on ensuring the right rules of the road we went through a big debate on
reglatory reform but it’s also our programs are on open government to release government
information to allow entrepreneurs to take advantage of that information and turn them
into businesses and news family and love ones can use last and certainly not least the President
said there’s certain topics as a Nation we need an all hands on deck approach to catalize
break throughs break throughs to help us enleash clean energy economy break throughs to bend
the healthcare cost curve through technology and here we added a number of investments
in the Recover Act well over 80 billion dollars in these areas alone that right now churning
through the economy we hope to build the jobs and the foundation for economic prosperity
in the future great next question how can government innovation benefit from access
to mobile broadband well this is an exceptionally important queston because there’s really two
pieces to this puzzle there’s the question of how we can unleash more cost competitive
services in supportive of goverment missions so we spend $80 billion dollars a year in
IT and we also have a pretty healthy operating budget within the federal government so to
the extent that mobility and applications that ride on mobile platforms can actually
be used in a way to help make our operational budgets more effective and efficienct we’re
really bullish on that my colleague the Chief Information Officer has been putting forward
a number of programs encouraging that kind of thinking but it’s also how we can achieve
the mission objectives of the agencies making sure we have healthier food, making sure we
a safer water system, making sure we a financial systems that works. Here we need to connect
with everyday Americans and we believe that the mobile platform allows us to connect people
in ways we could never have imagined because not everybody can hire lobbyist and come to
Washington and have their voices heard. So we got to take advantage of the mobile platform
to connect people in ways they would never imagined. Just as a simple and silly example
early this year the President wanted to find out what should be the scientific and technological
challenges be in this country? And we asked that question and maybe a hundred people engaged
and wrote memo’s to the President. Folks that live in Washington and knows how Washington
works. Then the President decided as an experiment, why don’t I pose this exact same question
on my Facebook account and Twitter account? And within three days one point five million
Americans engage in some form or fashion to comment on or retweet or remessage what are
the scientific and technological challenges we should face as a nation. This is we, the
power and potiental of these new technologies can be and we haven’t scratch the surface
of yet. This is a great example of online citizen engagement. Well thank you for that.
Last question, we’ll wrap up here. What do you personally think the largest game changing
application for consumers on the market? So, in all cander, my passion is to deliver the
President’s policies in health, energy and education and I believe that the new tablet
devices actually have the potential to unluck opportunities that we only dream about years
ago. If we want every physician or nurse practioners in America to compute or have access to computing
power. It’s just natural they’re defaulting to mobile platforms being tablet or other
mobile devices. So as new applications come to the healthcare space, I actually think
it’ll lower the barrier and increase the likelyhood those stake holders will participate in the
program. And ss we engage more in our healthcare IT program, I think it will have impact on
cost and quality improvement for the rest of us in the healthcare system. Similarly
I think in energy, unclear exactly what it will mean to consume energy data and in new
creative ways. But mobile apps I think will be a big part of the equation to help us consume
less, be more effienct and actually help us rid ourselves our addiction to foreign oil.
Last but not certenly not least, I commented on citizen engagement, I do think there is
a killer app here which is connecting people to their country. Again restoring faith in
government and I think people are starting to feel that in small and little ways. My
deputy went down to Manor, TX population 6,500. And in Manor, TX, they used a simple cellphone
application so you can take a picture of a pothole. Upload it to a website at no cost
to the tax payer, maybe $30 a month I think they pay. And to have the citizen know when
I tell you the pothole’s here, I can see it when you fix it and they can tell me when
it’s done. That kind of citizen engagement in ways we’re just starting to scratch the
surface of. Again, we highlighted citizen engagement, I think that’s going to have a
big effect on our country’s psych and our committment on our faith and support for our
institutions of government. Absolutely. Alright. Well thank you for your time Aneesh, for those
of you interested in watching more of the videos from the Spectrum Summit today, you
can visit fcc.gov/live thank have a great day

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