Beth Simone Noveck
In the 21st century, you have to use technology as one of the tools in the toolkit to bring about social change.
The aim of open government is to take advantage of the know-how and entrepreneurial spirit of those outside government institutions to work together with those inside government to solve problems.
Democratic elections alone do not remedy the crisis of confidence in government. Moreover, there is no viable justification for a democratic system in which public participation is limited to voting.
Starting early and getting girls on computers, tinkering and playing with technology, games and new tools, is extremely important for bridging the gender divide that exists now in computer science and in technology.
To me, technology was a means to an end to achieve the social justice goals, stronger democracy and more effective government that is the aim of what I do.
I think the advice, regardless of gender, is always be open to conversations with people who do things differently than you do. If you're starting to work in tech, talk to the artists, talk to the lawyers, talk to the people who are interested in other things.
Network technology has irrevocably changed campaigning and elections. It has the potential to transform governance and the workings of our democracy for the better.