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Past Event

Jennifer Pahlka: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age

Government at all levels has limped into the digital age, widening the gap between the policy outcomes we intend and what we get.

Jennifer Pahlka served as President Barack Obama’s former deputy chief technology officer. Join us for an in-depth talk as she offers a bold reexamination of how our government operates and the improvements that she says need to be made to end bureaucratic dysfunction.

It’s not more money or more tech we need; Pahlka calls for "recoding" American government to reclaim it for the people it is supposed to serve.


This program is presented in collaboration with the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future.


And it is supported by the Ken & Jaclyn Broad Family Fund. All in-person attendees will receive a copy of Recoding America, compliments of the Ken & Jaclyn Broad Family Fund.

Ken and Jaclyn Broad Family Fund

Photo by Andrea Dunlap.

June 22, 2023

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Jennifer Pahlka

Former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States; Founder, Code for America; Author, Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better; Twitter @ pahlkadot

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In Conversation with DJ Patil

Former U.S. Chief Data Scientist; General Partner, GreatPoint Ventures; Member, The Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Twitter@dpatil