Civic Innovations

Technology, Government Innovation, and Open Data


  • On Zealotry and Cryptocurrency in Government

    On Zealotry and Cryptocurrency in Government

    People that advocate for the use of blockchain technologies or cryptocurrencies in government tend to sound evangelical about it. They are true believers. I can relate to that. But this new enthusiasm for blockchain in government is misplaced. It is a poor foundation for public policy and government operations. Continue reading

About Me

I am the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia. I also served as Director of Government Relations at Code for America, and as Director of the State of Delaware’s Government Information Center. For about six years, I served in the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Services (TTS), and helped pioneer their work with state and local governments. I also led platform evangelism efforts for TTS’ cloud platform, which supports over 30 critical federal agency systems.