Ops on the Edge of Democracy

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 11:45 am12:30 pm

Chris Alfano, Senior Advisor @ Code for Philly and CTO @ Jarvus Innovations


Community organizations, nonprofits, local governments, and individual users are often considered irresponsible to build or even redeploy their own technology. But is that a core constraint of information technology, or merely an accidental symptom of over-optimizing for the end of the market with easy returns for venture capital?

Chris Alfano, Jarvus Innovations, Code for Philly

I’m a software developer forged by FOSS and a founding captain of one of the longest-running local affiliates of Code for America (called a brigade). My civic hacking journey began while working in a Philly public school and for nearly a decade now I’ve gotten to build open-source software with some of the most innovative public schools in the world.

@conference {240796,
author = {Chris Alfano},
title = {Ops on the Edge of Democracy},
year = {2019},
address = {Portland, OR},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = oct,