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Two Indian Americans bringing cyber revolution to US Gov

Two Indian Americans, brought in by President Barack Obama to the White House, have brought a cyber revolution to US Government by breaking down barriers between the federal government and the American people.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2010 08:53 IST

Two Indian Americans, brought in by President Barack Obama to the White House, have brought a cyber revolution to US Government by breaking down barriers between the federal government and the American people.

Obama's Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, 35, and his Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, 38, have made the government accessible to US citizens directly to their desktops, laptops and i-phones in an unprecedented transparent manner; which was not visible earlier.

"The Administration was transforming the way federal government has long operated, shifting the default setting from closed, secret, and opaque to open, transparent, and participatory," Kundra explained as White House announced about 300 new sets of data were being made online as part of its commitment to break down barriers between the government and the people.

These steps would create an unprecedented level of transparency and public participation in government.

"Through our open government efforts, we are bringing down the walls between the government and the American people, strengthening our democracy and enhancing the effectiveness and accountability of our government," White House said in a statement.

Chopra said that "these datasets empower people by simplifying access to information that, for too long, were sitting on shelves throughout Washington."