Clay Johnson (technologist)
Politics & Government
After the Dean campaign ended, Johnson joined three other Dean for America staff members (Ben Self, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, and Joe Rospars), to found Blue State Digital, a company that provides technology services and online strategy for Democratic campaigns, including the 2008 Barack Obama Presidential Campaign. In 2006, Blue State Digital was one of Fast Company’s Fast 50. Johnson left Blue State Digital in 2008.
From 2008-2010 he was Director of Sunlight Labs, a community of open source developers and designers dedicated to making the U.S. government more transparent, accountable and responsible.
In August 2012, Johnson was selected as a Presidential Innovation Fellow and was integral to a project called RFP-EZ. RFP-EZ seeks to make it easier for small IT services firms to bid on and win government contracts for IT services (like coding and web development).
Johnson is the founder and CEO of the Department of Better Technology, a for-profit company that provides technology services to government agencies.
In 2014, Johnson was named a senior fellow of the Center for American Progress. According to CAP, he "will focus on issues at the intersection of technology and government, including information technology, procurement reform, and open government data."
Other Career Involvements
Prior to his work with politicians, Johnson worked at Ask Jeeves, now Ask.com, as a technologist helping with web syndication. Along with John Petropoulos, Johnson invented the use of mouseover preview ability in search results. The patent was filed in 2001, and issued in 2006.
In January 2012, Johnson published The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, a national bestseller.
Clay Johnson (2012), The Information Diet: a Case for Conscious Consumption, Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, ISBN 9781449304683, OCLC 754720170, 1449304680
- "The Personal Democracy Forum Is Back in Town". The Huffington Post. 4 June 2010.
- "Clay Johnson - Apps for America II".
- "Howard Dean-Campaign Organization".
- "The Open Source Force Behind the Obama Campaign". Linux Journal. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- Blue State Digital in Fast 50
- "Patent US7047502 - Methods and apparatus for mouse-over preview of contextually relevant ... - Google Patents".
- "A Healthy Information Diet: The Case for Conscious Consumption". The Atlantic. January 23, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "‘The Information Diet’: Should Americans Exercise More ‘Conscious Consumption’?". PBS Newshour. May 18, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2014.
- "Google-O'Reilly Open Source Awards - Hall of Fame". Google Developers. 28 January 2013.
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