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US CTO, CIO Pledge To Make Government More Open

The US government's chief technology and information officers are hoping to attract developers to work for the government by initiating a new digital roadmap that encourages open data.

At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York, US CTO Todd Park and CIO Steven VanRoekel discussed their desire to improve the government's digital initiatives and the importance of recruiting talented developers. The announcement followed a President Obama-issued directive pushing for a "21st Century Digital Government" released on May 23rd.

The new roadmap is based on the principle of accepting open data as the default approach to government. The next year will see various government agencies begin to make more of their data publicly available, along with the creation of developer pages that will encourage external developers to design and build new tools and services using government information.

Also central to the roadmap are the notions that everything should be made an API, that government information should be accessible anytime and from any device and that data should have a social component to engage the public.

"I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology to make a real difference in people's lives?", VanRoekel wrote in a statement, quoting President Obama.