What Should The New U.S. CTO Do?

aneesh-chopraPresident Obama last week appointed Aneesh Chopra, until recently Virginia’s Secretary of Technology, as the CTO of the United States. Unlike Vivek Kundra (now the U.S. CIO) and Cisco Systems CTO Padmasree Warrior, Chopra has a lower profile. Tech-industry insiders, such as inventor Mitch Kapor, venture capitalist John Doerr and Google CEO Eric Schmidt, have hailed his appointment. I’m sure Chopra would make a good CTO, but I don’t envy his job. Given that there are so many chiefs in the Obama administration — science, information, health care, social innovation — I wonder what his real job description will be. I’m looking forward to talking to him soon and finding out more about his agenda. What do you guys think should be at the top of Chopra’s to-do list?

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