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Recoding America: How Government Can do Better in the Digital Age

October 23, 2023
4:15-5:30 PM
Bloomberg Center for Cities, Harvard Kennedy School
Jennifer Pahlka, former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, founder of Code for America, and author of "Recoding America: Why Government Is Failing in the Digital Age and How We Can Do Better" will speak about the challenges and potentials for government in the digital age.

Governments fail to deliver results when policy is disconnected from the details of implementation. Jennifer Pahlka will discuss an approach that keeps pace with today’s pervasively digital world and reclaims government for the people it serves.

  • Jennifer Pahlka, author, “Recoding America,” and former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer
  • Moderator: Jorrit de Jong, Emma Bloomberg Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Management, Harvard Kennedy School, and Director, Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University
  • Introduction: Laura Manley, Executive Director, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy

Refreshments will be offered and registration is requested.

Co-sponsored by the Bloomberg Center for Cities at Harvard University and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.

This in-person event is open to all Harvard University ID holders. We welcome individuals with accessibility needs to participate in our events. Contact us at to request accommodations or if you have questions.​