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PEP-NET Summit Keynote Speaker: Paul Johnston

10. August 2010 – 08:21 by John Heaven (TuTech Innovation GmbH)
Paul Johnston, Cisco

Paul Johnston, Cisco

Paul Johnston will speak in the section “The Future of eParticipation: Regional, National and International” at the PEP-NET Summit. He works for the Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) at Cisco Systems Inc, where he is head of the European public sector team. IBSG sponsors TheConnectedRepublic.org, a community space where people interested in public sector transformation can meet each other and share their ideas. Mr Johnston launched and helped shape TheConnectedRepublic.org with his Australian colleague Martin Stewart Weeks.

Prior to joing Cisco, Mr Johnston worked for various UK public sector organisations before joining HM Treasury, where his work as a policy advisor contributed to the 2000 Housing White Paper, Market Abuse legislation, and three Spending Reviews. By the time he moved to Cisco he had progressed to become Head of the Treasury’s Local Government Team. Before working in the public sector, he worked as a journalist for Reuters, the BBC and Tyne Tees Television.

Mr Johnston is recognised as a thought-leader in his field, and is perhaps most renowned for the paper he co-authored with Martin Stewart Weeks “The Connected Republic 2.0“, which explores the impact of web 2.0 on the public sector. This paper lent its name to the internet platform that the authors founded, where the ideas at its core continue to be developed.

Mr Johnston lives and works in London. Outside work, his main interests are his family, tennis, philosophy and psycho-analysis.

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