The Responsive City: Engaging Communities through Data Smart Governance


Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 4:10pm to 6:00pm


124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Responsive City coverStephen Goldsmith, Daniel Paul Professor of Government, Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Bill Oates, Chief Information Officer for Commonwealth of Massachusetts

About the Event
Harvard Kennedy School Professor Stephen Goldsmith and Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Susan Crawford will discuss their new book The Responsive City. When harnessed by dedicated leaders, they argue, data empowers communities and officials to make local government more transparent, responsive, accountable, and cost-effective, thus thickening the bonds of democracy, increasing trust in government, and improving civic life. Yet few cities are realizing the potential of digital tools and data-smart governance. Goldsmith and Crawford will explore the innovative leadership and other key strategies it takes to spearhead these new approaches to government. Bill Oates, whose work as the first Cabinet-level CIO for the City of Boston is explored in the book, will offer comments in response.

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About the Speakers
Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and director of the Innovations in Government Program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a nationally recognized expert on government management, reform, and innovation. Goldsmith currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project working to catalyze the use of data at the local government level by serving as a central resource for cities interested in this emerging field.

Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Visiting Professor in Intellectual Property at Harvard Law School and co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age and a contributor to Bloomberg View. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations.

Bill Oates was named the Chief Information Officer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January 2014. In that role, he is responsible for establishing the Commonwealth’s IT strategy, setting IT technology standards, and approving secretariat/department IT plans. Prior to his appointment as the CCIO, Bill served as the first Cabinet-level CIO for the City of Boston, Massachusetts. Under Bill’s leadership, the City of Boston transformed the way the city used technology to better engage with constituents. In 2011, Oates was recognized as one of the “Top 25 Public Sector Innovators” by Government Technology Magazine and named the New England CIO Innovation Award winner by Mass High Tech.

About The Responsive City
The Responsive City is a compelling guide to civic engagement and governance in the digital age that will help municipal leaders link important breakthroughs in technology and data analytics with age-old lessons of small-group community input to create more agile, competitive, and economically resilient cities. The book is co-authored by Professor Stephen Goldsmith, director of Data-Smart City Solutions at Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Susan Crawford, co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. The Responsive City is the culmination of research originating from the Data-Smart City Solutions initiative, an ongoing project at Harvard Kennedy School working to catalyze adoption of data projects on the city level. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg penned the book’s foreword.