January 26th, 2009

Obama Staff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages


President Obama, with Vice President Biden, finishes signing one of his executive orders on his first full day in office.

One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes , found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos.

What does that mean in 21st-century terms? No Facebook to communicate with supporters. No outside e-mail log-ins. No instant messaging. Hard adjustments for a staff that helped sweep Obama to power through, among other things, relentless online social networking.

Annotation on Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology – washingtonpost.com

This is so sad at so many level…

November 15th, 2008

Obama Team Review of FCC

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Susan Crawford and Kevin Werbach has being appointed to lead Obama Team Review of FCC!

I know both of them; Kevin is an advocate of all things open (open spectrum, open access, net neutrality) and Susan is an advocate of public space online (privacy, online rights :-)

Now, these appointments really mean CHANGE! Wohoo!

Congratulations and I look forward to good things to come :-)


Susan Crawford, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School, and Kevin Werbach, a former FCC staffer, organizer of the annual tech conference Supernova , and a Wharton professor, will lead the Obama-Biden transition team’s review of the FCC. Both are highly-regarded outside-the-Beltway experts in telecom policy, and they’ve both been pretty harsh critics of the Bush administration’s telecom policies in the past year. link »

“I think it’s magical thinking to imagine that we’re somehow doing fine here, and I just want to make sure that we recognize that even the [International Telecommunications Union] says that between 1999 and 2006 we skipped form third to 20th place in penetration,” she noted acidly at the annual Tech Policy Summit , a gathering of top officials in the world of tech policy (of which Wired.com was a participant and sponsor.) link »

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