A lot of people are saying that Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th U.S. president signals change in America; it certainly signals change on the White House Web site.
The new White House site, far more dynamic and interactive than the Bush administration site it replaces, is designed to provide transparency and to encourage citizen participation in politics. The site includes a White House blog, enables users to send email to President Obama and his staff, and allows them to sign up for email updates about key issues, actions and events. The site is also set up to make good use of video, photos, slide shows and other media.
During the presidential campaign, Obama’s tech-savvy approach to politics helped to energize younger voters, expand fundraising, and create a national discussion about critical issues. Now that he’s moving into the Oval Office, Obama seems eager to use the power of technology to communicate with his constituents, to help him govern, and to keep millions of people involved in national politics.