Technology is a powerful force in our daily lives and in the functioning of government and global markets. Yet today there are too few talented people with technical expertise in government and civil society. This talent gap hinders government from effectively serving its citizens, and has a negative impact on the quality of social debate and regulatory decision-making around technology policy.
Recent events such as the rollout of HealthCare.Gov
and the ongoing debates about the limits of government surveillance have drawn attention to why we need more technology talent in government. Unfortunately, there has been little discussion of how to build and sustain such needed technological capacity.
The New America Foundation and the MIT Information Policy Project discussed the in-depth findings from a recent report
commissioned by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations and authored by Freedman Consulting, LLC, which examines the underlying causes and possible solutions to address this technology talent gap. Our experts discussed the implications of this technological deficit and considered recommendations for building a more robust talent pipeline to find, attract, and retain technically skilled people in our government and civil society.Join the conversation online by using #TechDeficit and by following @OTI.