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Gavin Newsom Talks About Transparent Government (Video)

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Last week, I ambled over to the Founders Den in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood to talk to California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom about his new book, “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.”

For the book, described as a “rallying cry for revolutionizing democracy in the digital age,” the former San Francisco mayor, who also ran for governor of California, interviewed dozens of politicians, Internet players and other digital thinkers.

Newsom’s point is to turn citizens into collaborators in the operation of government, changing it from what he describes as a “vending machine” now to an inclusive and interactive social platform.

Here’s my longish video interview with Newsom:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work