CIRSS Seminar - Science and Technology Policy in the Obama White House: The Role of Policy Entrepreneurs
4pm - 5pm
Description: President Obama made science, technology and innovation top priorities of his Administration. The White House launched initiatives in areas such as data science, open data, expanding access to scientific publications, K-12 computer science education, and identifying and pursuing 21st century "moonshots."
Where do these ideas come from? What role do "policy entrepreneurs" play in recognizing new opportunities, and design, launching, and sustaining policy initiatives? What tools are at the disposal of a policy entrepreneur to achieve a given goal? Former senior White House official Tom Kalil will discuss these and other issues in an informal talk, and answer audience questions.
Tom Kalil has served in the White House for sixteen years for two Presidents (President Clinton and President Obama). Until recently, he served as Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Advisor to the National Economic Council.
Press release: http://ischool.illinois.edu/articles/2017/02/expert-technology-and-innovation-policy-speak-cirss-seminar
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