Also In The News: Obama and Web 2.0
President-elect Barack Obama might have Web 2.0 fever, but there's no
guarantee that the rest of the government will happily go along. The Washington Post
said that much of the government is stuck in the Encyclopedia
Britannica era in which a small number of decision-makers oversee
policies and lawmaking.
Web 2.0 overturns that paradigm by
giving rank-and-file employees a much greater ability to share ideas
and contribute to discussions they would have been excluded from in
It was only a decade ago that a president ordered
all agencies to create Web sites. Now a president is likely to set
policies that move agencies well beyond a simple, static site and into
the era of social networking.