U.S. CTO Chopra Aims to Create Jobs, Business Around Technology

Lora Bentley

I can't get away from government officials today.


Earlier I read -- and wrote -- about the yet-to-be-appointed White House cyber security czar. Now I see that New York Times writer Saul Hansell sat down with the country's chief technology officer to get the scoop on his plans. Aneesh Chopra, whose appointment was confirmed by the Senate at the end of May, will work from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy toward creating jobs around technology. "My job is to serve as the innovation platform champion in addressing private market opportunities in support of public priorities," Chopra said.


Hansell says the first of Chopra's priorities, which were set out on "one page of what appeared from a distance to be a PowerPoint deck," is to achieve economic growth through innovation.


And the first step to accomplishing this priority is to make sure the government invests in technology that can be developed and commercialized, rather than in "basic research," Chopra says. Changing education policy to make room for technology training will also be a step in the right direction.

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