Public Service Leadership and Civic Innovation in a Ubiquitous Internet Era

David A. Bray

Tuesday 26 November 2013 12:00 - 13:00

Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS

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Abstract

Leadership is passion to improve our world. This interactive, public discussion will consider the nature of leadership in a ubiquitous internet era as well as the nature of leadership in existing public institutions in contrast to startup organizations. In contrast to the private sector, public institutions frequently must provide equitable access to information and technology-based services to all, not specific audience segments. Public institutions also often must comply with detailed rules and regulations written to prevent the aggregation of too much power or authority, whereas startups often are exploring new ideas without pre-written rules or regulations. Since a thriving private sector requires a similar investment in a thriving public sector, new approaches to civic innovation are required for 21st century, networked institutions.

Future public institutions will be increasingly mobile, modular, and measurable with information technologies as a key driver to this transition. Ubiquitous internet will help transform public sectors if the right approaches to navigating, surviving, and thriving in the midst of transition are adopted. Already the “consumerization” of devices has impacted several government organizations. Public sector professionals are looking to work anywhere, any time and on any device. Future public institutions will need to facilitate a secure mobile workforce through proper IT investments. In addition, by improving the way government engages with citizens by leveraging data in new ways, government can become more proactive in meeting citizen demand. Successfully transforming public institutions to adopt ubiquitous internet requires (1) moving forward with forethought, and (2) building a coalition of partners.

This will be an interactive, open discussion talk. The ideas and views shared during this talk represent the speaker's own and do not necessarily represent the views of nor should they be attributed to any government agency; no official endorsement is implied.

About the speaker

David A. Bray

Dr. David A. Bray previously served as the Information Technology Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program and Associate Director of Informatics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2000-2005, volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan in 2009 as a special advisor for NATO's International Security Assistance Force, and later served as a Senior Executive with the United States Intelligence Community and Executive Director with the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community from 2010-2013. He now serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent agency of the U.S. government, supporting the FCC in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, and public safety, as well as efforts to modernize the Commission. In 2008, after serving as a Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute, Dr. Bray sought to encourage civic innovation that "improving the ability of government as an information processing system to better aggregate, filter, act upon, and redirect information must not -- and does not -- require sacrificing the freedoms of individual citizens." In a 2011 talk at the OII, Dr. Bray also spoke on the need for achieving appropriate information sharing and information protection stating: "Protection also includes privacy and civil liberties protections. Without privacy and civil liberties protections, sharing is not possible; and without sharing, protection loses its relevance." He recently was one of 13 U.S. government civil servants to receive 2012 Arthur S. Flemming Award and one of two U.S. senior executives to receive the 2013 Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership. He can be followed at http://dbray.org at via @fcc_cio