Steven Polunsky is credited by the Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey with pioneering the use of technology to “connect people outside the Capitol with the people inside.” Called an “Open Government Superhero” by the Dallas Morning News, Steven led an award-winning technology initiative that saved thousands of taxpayer dollars, concept-proved an instant feedback loop for public hearings, debuted the use of live geospatial data in a legislative hearing, and produced the first mobile app of any Best of Texas awardstate legislative committee in the country. He writes and speaks on technology and transparency, and his work has been mentioned in such publications as the New York Times and Fast Company’s Fast Feed. This blog is a chronicle and discussion of that effort along with current reflections on bringing the Government and the Populace closer together.

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