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Code for America was founded in 02009 by Jennifer Pahlka “to make government 
work better for the people and by the people in the 21st century.”

The organization started a movement to modernize government for a digital age 
which has now spread from cities to counties to states, and now, most visibly, 
to the federal government, where Jennifer served at the White House as US 
Deputy Chief Technology Officer.  There she helped start the United States 
Digital Service, known as "Obama's stealth startup."

Now that thousands of people from "metaphysical Silicon Valley" are working for 
and with government, what have we learned?  Can government actually be fixed to 
serve citizens better—especially the neediest?  Why does change in government 
happen so slowly?

Before founding Code for America, Pahlka co-created the Web 2.0 and Gov. 2.0 
conferences, building on her prior experience organizing computer game 
developer conferences.  She continues to serve as executive director of Code 
for America, which is based in San Francisco.

"Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In," Jennifer Pahlka, SFJAZZ Center, 
Hayes Valley, San Francisco, 7pm, Wednesday, February 1.  The show starts 
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