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Information Overload: How Elected Leaders Find Expert Knowledge in the Internet Era

Contemporary policy issues require purposeful analysis and expert judgment. But today’s governments, both state and federal, too often rely on outdated ways to collect and sort quality information. The Internet, mobile technology, and Big Data have made this process even harder by creating an information overload.  In order to serve the needs of America in the 21st Century, elected leaders must have access to knowledge tools to explain context, sort substance from sentiment, filter for quality, and forecast implications.

Join the New America Foundation for this critical discussion on the day after the election. We will consider how Congress can seize new opportunities to improve on the government’s basic knowledge management and how we can enable governments to succeed in the global communications revolution.

Copies of Lorelei Kelly’s forthcoming paper, “Congress’ Wicked Problem: Seeking Knowledge Inside the Information Tsunami,” will be available.


Featured Speakers
Gary VanLandingham
Director, Results First, Pew Center on the States

Lorelei Kelly
Leader, Smart Congress pilot
Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute, New America Foundation

Ben Freakley (Lt. Gen., Retired)
Special Advisor to the President, The School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

Andrew Rich
Executive Secretary, Truman Scholarship Foundation 

Event Time and Location

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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