The Download: Boston’s Chief Information Officer, Jascha Franklin-Hodge

Jascha Franklin-Hodge, of South Boston, is the chief information officer at City Hall, tasked with managing the scads of data the city is now collecting. Photo: Dina Rudick/Globe Staff
Jascha Franklin-Hodge, of South Boston, is the chief information officer at City Hall, tasked with managing the scads of data the city is now collecting. Photo: Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

Jascha Franklin-Hodge is the chief information officer for the city of Boston under Mayor Marty Walsh. In that role, he leads the city’s efforts to effectively use digital tools, and improve Boston residents’ access to technology. Here he shares his daily digital habits for The Download. 

What (device) gets you up in the morning? The iPhone’s default alarm chime wakes me up at 4:45 in the morning. I’m at the gym at 5:30. I’m pretty good about not using the snooze button.

What’s the make of your phone? An iPhone 6.

What’s the first app you open on your phone? Unfortunately Gmail. Usually I just check in to make sure nothing happened at work overnight.

How do you take in your news? I actually still use newsreaders and RSS readers a lot. Super old-school in the age of Twitter.

What keeps you organized? I scan everything. I keep all of my information in the digital world. I use Google Drive, Evernote, and Wonderlist for task management. To keep track of the big stuff, Scratchpad.

What’s the last app you downloaded? Citymapper. It’s this really cool app that will tell you how to get somewhere using all of your methods of transportation: driving, biking, walking, Uber, public transport. They even have a teleport option.

What’s the last book you read? On what platform? On paper, which is crazy. It was “The Way To Go” by Kate Asher, a woman who writes all these books on the infrastructure of things, like how skyscrapers are built. It’s super accessible and very illustrative, like People magazine for city nerds.

Social media of choice? I tend to use Facebook more than anything else, it’s my proxy vehicle to keep up with what everyone else is up to. My social media style is sharing the odd observational humor.

JaschasquirrelWhat’s the last thing you shared? A photo of a squirrel on my back porch eating a scone, as if you need any more proof that Southie is gentrified.

This interview was condensed and edited. Squirrel photo courtesy of Franklin-Hodge. 

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