In a live webcast and cable television show from Access Sacramento, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom today called for a break from the status quo and faster progress on improving the state’s technology infrastructure.
In a live broadcast interview on TechLeader.TV, Newsom said California is “still trapped by standard operating procedures; legacy systems left over from the 70’s.”
Newsom in part was also promoting his latest book, just out this week in paperback, Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.
Newsom encouraged the state’s departmental leaders, many of who were in the TV studio audience, saying, “that doesn’t mean we can’t move to a more entrepreneurial sprint.”
Former CA Chief Information Officer, John Thomas Flynn, the host of TechLeader.TV, said his show’s motto is, “California can always do better.”
In that spririt, Newsom pointed out the biggest technological risk is the status quo, “You have to look at systemic changes.
“Government needs to recognize and orient all of our systems to participatory systems. You can then begin to substantively change the way we govern.”
The full interview repeats tonight at 7 p.m. on Access Sacramento, Comcast/SureWest Cable Ch. 17 and AT&T U-verse Ch. 99.