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Hit The Ground Running: New White House Web Site and Blog Go Live

At 12:01pm the new went live with a blog post from the ‘Director of New Media’ Macon Phillips. I’m guessing that is a newly created position that will attempt to take lessons from the successful Internet-driven campaign and apply them to governance.

The site promises that it will “…be a central part of President Obama’s pledge to make his the most transparent and accountable administration in American history.” And encouraging signs in the technology section of the new site which has as its top goal, “Ensure the Full and Free Exchange of Ideas through an Open Internet and Diverse Media Outlets”, and as it’s second goal:

Create a Transparent and Connected Democracy

* Open Up Government to its Citizens: Use cutting-edge technologies to create a new level of transparency, accountability, and participation for America’s citizens.
* Bring Government into the 21st Century: Use technology to reform government and improve the exchange of information between the federal government and citizens while ensuring the security of our networks. Appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to ensure the safety of our networks and lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.

According to CNN, a number of senior staffers were planning to be shuttled to their new offices in the White House immediately after the inauguration. Straight to work folks!

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