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More on the Federal News Radio Book club… with FCW

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speed-of-trustYesterday, I mentioned the Federal News Radio Book Club — we are reading The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey.

We’re going to do the book club on Federal News Radio’s In Depth program with Francis Rose on Nov. 19. Yesterday, we had Rose on the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris talking about the book club. (Hear that conversation here. MP3)

I’ve had a number of questions about the book club since it was announced yesterday.

One: How can I join the book club. Well — read the book. And send us question your comments and questions about the book.

  • Let us know your question before the show. Just leave a message on our new comment line: 877-936-8250. You can be anonymous if that works for you. We can then ask your question or play your comment on the air. (More info about how to contact us here.)
  • E-mail me at chris at
  • E-mail Francis at frose at

Two: How did you choose the book? We selected the book with Dave Wennergren, the deputy CIO at the Defense Department and a great thinker and reader. We’re going to keep Wennergren involved in the program — as much as he can be involved. But we’re going to have other feds and contractors involved. If you know good readers, let me know.

Finally, I mentioned that this idea started when I was over at Federal Computer Week. I’m very excited to say that FCW is going to run an excerpt of Covey’s book in the November 17 issue. FCW is also going to run a piece asking Wennergren about his interest in books and how they help him manage.

So… I hope you’ll join us for the book club… November 19 at 2p ET on Federal News Radio 1500 AM and

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November 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

Tech guru Genachowski named to Obama transition team

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The Washington Post is reporting that Julius Genachowski, a former executive of Barry Diller’s IAC/InterActiveCorp, has been named to the Obama transition team.

Genachowski worked at the Federal Communications Commission as chief counsel to former Chairman Reed Hundt. He has also been advising Obama’s campaign on tech policy issues and chaired a group of advisors on the president-elect’s Tech & Innovation Plan.

Here is his blog post on the Obama campaign Web site.

I recently heard this summary of the core principles of the Obama Technology & Innovation Plan:

Open Government. Open Networks. Open Markets.

The plan is the most comprehensive and detailed tech & innovation plan put forward by any candidate. But also bold, and simple at its core. I liked the sharp summary and wanted to share it.

I was fortunate to chair the group that advised Senator Obama and the campaign on the tech & innovation plan – a large and hardworking group that generated terrific ideas, rooted in the great work that the Senator and his strong Senate staff have been doing in this area for quite some time.

The response to the plan has been great. One independent comment that stands out: “If even half of the proposals outlined here were to be implemented, it would fundamentally change the nature of our democracy for the better”. That’s why Barack Obama is running for President – fundamentally changing the country and the world for the better. A lot will have to happen on many fronts for that to occur, and Senator Obama has been addressing all the topics in compelling ways. He is a 21st century candidate who recognizes that technology will be a key part of the solution to better government, and a key part of the solution to so many of the specific issues that concern Americans: health care, energy, education, as well as job creation and economic growth.

Send copies of the plan to people you know, especially people interested in technology and innovation. Or better, send them to where they can read the plan and also participate in the discussion on the site. The Senator wants the feedback – and (not a small thing) is using technology to generate the best thinking and best ideas to make the country a better place.

More from the WP post:

With a relationship with Obama that goes back to their days at Harvard Law School, Genachowski helped push technology issues to a more prominent spot in the campaign, according to analysts and high-tech lobbyists.

Among those issues are laws that would prevent telecommunications carriers from slowing, blocking, or placing other controls on Internet content over their networks.

Obama has said he would also focus on protecting online privacy of users and improve access to broadband Internet services by increasing speed standards for broadband and freeing up more government spectrum for public use.

Read more from the WP here.

Written by cdorobek

November 6, 2008 at 8:59 AM