Over the past several years, there have been many discussions regarding how interactive technology can drive change in our nation’s politics – but of perhaps greater importance is how technology can improve the daily functioning of our nation’s government. The discussion should not be a partisan one – this panel will bring together leading innovators from both parties to engage in a post-partisan discussion about how technology can improve the public’s interactions with their government. This discussion should be about specifics – we can all agree on the broad principles that technology drives change – but we have all heard that conversation before. This panel will focus on the specific progress that has been made, the specific opportunities that exist in the near future, and the specific challenges that need to be addressed. As citizens increasingly become on-demand consumers in their daily lives, it is clear that government needs to better utilize interactive technology or it will only be more radically disconnected from the public. This is not a political conference, which is precisely why it should be where this conversation takes place – how can the innovations from the creative, marketing and interactive communities be applied to improving our nation? Our government needs to modernize. We need to move forward and debate new ideas, focusing on how we can collectively make our government work smarter, faster and better for all citizens.
Matt Lira currently serves as the Director of New Media for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. In this capacity, Matt is charged with modernizing the way that Congress interacts with the public, as both communications and policy platforms.
Matt previously served as the director of new media for the Office of the Republican Whip in the 111th Congress and for the Chief Deputy Whip in the 110th Congress. Lira’s previous experience includes positions with the House Republican Conference, Republican National Committee, and the McCain-Palin campaign.
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