Over the weekend, the New York Times profiled Megan J. Smith, an MIT-trained mechanical engineer and former Google executive. She is the first woman to hold the position of chief technology officer for the White House. She currently works at trying to bring the technology up to date. She was horrified to discover that some things were still dependent on floppy disks. The federal government has been technologically behind, as the initial rollout of the healthcare website illustrates. Ms. Smith has brought much of the technology more up-to-date, though not necessarily current. She also has been an important advisor on technology policy, including the President’s recent statement in support of net neutrality.

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