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Aaron Snow (he/him)

Fellow, Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation

Aaron Snow a Fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation. A 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow, in 2014 Aaron co-founded and then led 18F, the US government’s in-house technology and design consultancy, and was the first Deputy Commissioner of the government’s Technology Transformation Service. In 2018, he became the first CEO of the Government of Canada’s Canadian Digital Service. He has twice been named one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government.

Before entering government service, Aaron developed software and managed product development for small and large enterprises, and co-founded Daring Software, building the back-end for its flagship Arro shopping app. An honors graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, he serves on the Advisory Board of FWD50.

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Beeck Center Takeover: Open Source Government Services: The Promise and The Realities

Open source software is in our computers and our phones, in our cars and our airplanes — and, of course, in many government systems. But government systems using open source software and being open source software are two different things. Decades into the life of the open source software world, governments large and small still spend enormous sums of money on systems that are closed and proprietary. With all of the potential benefits of open source government services, why is it still this way? See more.
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