Transition Watch: Watchers impressed by and wary of online Obama
- By Brian Robinson
- Dec 16, 2008
Observers of the Obama team’s use of the Internet so far have been
impressed, but warn that using it for a broader, interactive
relationship between government and citizens will be challenging,
according to a report
by the San Jose Mercury News.
Internet is good for disseminating information to a large audience at
once, but handling the feedback from them can be another matter.
Various restrictions, rules and culture that differ from agency to
agency also can make openness and participation difficult.
Obama appoints as the government’s chief technology officer could be
crucial, because that person will be responsible for pushing agencies
toward greater public access, the report said.
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.