The shelf-life of this post is rapidly fading. I would have blogged it sooner, but Paul wanted real work out of me this week.
So, hey we have a new president here in the US of A. I loathe politics. So for the most part, I’ve tried to stay clear of all that ruckus since, I dunno, 2000 or so.
One very interesting theme from this week’s festivities was the technology one. The Obama camp of course has embraced and successfully used technology since they got going, which contributed heavily to their victory. However, the Executive Branch has been slow to uptake technologies, which is a good thing. Remeber the whitehouse.com-shows-pr0n incident? Thanks to Rick for reminding me of that one. Ah, the good old days.
Anyway, I’ve been watching the coverage with interest.
- All the changes to whitehouse.gov
- The President’s New Media Director, Macon Phillips
- Obama’s staff finds the White House stuck in the Dark Ages
- Obama’s ongoing BlackBerry saga and the secure brick approved by the NSA
- The country’s new robots.txt file
- Obama’s interest in Open Source
Oh and don’t forget the weekly video address and the National CTO, the list is long. All signs point to an adminstration driven by transparency, which is good. I hope it succeeds. The changes to robots.txt were especially funny because it’s a geeky Easter Egg that didn’t get enough coverage. From Jason Kotte’s post:
Here’s a small and nerdy measure of the huge change in the executive branch of the US government today. Here’s the robots.txt file from whitehouse.gov yesterday:
And it goes on like that for almost 2400 lines! Here’s the new Obamafied robots.txt file:
This relatively innocuous change says a lot about the change in attitude between administrations.
So, I’ve subsribed to the White House blog, as have several thousand other people. I wish the would open comments on the posts, probably one place that comment moderation would be a good thing (FIRST!).
I haven’t followed TheWhiteHouse on Twitter yet, but I may if it gets interesting; funny that the avatar has reverted to the generic one. It was a picture of Obama earlier in the week. It’s unclear what will happen to the famous BarackObama account.
I love all this for a number of reasons. It’ll be nice to have transparency, or at least the closest they can get to it. I love geeking out, and this adds legitimacy to what we doe everyday.
What about you? What do you think of the technology presence of the new administration so far? Are you jumping on board?
Sound off in the comments.