A Great CTO and Pot Shots from the Peanut Gallery

January 7, 2009
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My last blog post was on a guy a regard as one of the greatest CTOs: Vivek Kundra, CTO of the District of Columbia. Please see that post for a short summary of some of the great things he has been doing: Vivek Kundra: Democratizing Data and Putting it in the Public DomainThere have been dozens of other reports on Vivek lately, all very much positive. A recent one on the WTOPnews site at (District’s top techie advises Obama transition) is one of


My last blog post was on a guy a regard as one of the greatest CTOs: Vivek Kundra, CTO of the District of Columbia.   Please see that post for a short summary of some of the great things he has been doing: Vivek Kundra: Democratizing Data and Putting it in the Public DomainThere have been dozens of other reports on Vivek lately, all very much positive.  A recent one on the WTOPnews site at (District’s top techie advises Obama transition) is one of many.  A comment from WTOP:Kundra is credited with coining the phrase “The
Digital Public Square.” A place he describes as, “one in which
technological advances now allow people from around the world
unfettered access to their government. Through these advances,
constituents can hold their government accountable from the privacy of
their own homes.”
But the point of this follow-on post is to talk about an article that runs Vivek Kundra down.  It was in the Washington Post.  I don’t know why this guy wrote the piece slamming Vivek.  It was totally undeserved, in my opinion.   Maybe the author of the piece thinks it is cool to run people down for no reason?  I just don’t have a clue.   I almost hate to draw your attention to what he said.  It is so childish and so stupid.  But I guess you should take a look.  In fact, I would encourage you to read it and comment on the site and let folks know what you think.   Check it out here: Where’s Firing Fenty When You Need Him?Can you believe Marc Fisher actually suggests that mayor Fenty should fire Vivek?  He seems to want him fired for exercising world class best management techniques in a highly efficient, cost-effective way.   I think Fisher should issue an apology.   If you think so too, please comment on Fisher’s drivel.
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