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Mr. President-Elect, My Technology Expectations...

We have a new president. But more than that, we have a new precedent. No election in our history has been as networked, as social or as communal - at least when it comes to technology. Just take a look back 18 months, when Obama's team released what was then a stunning first round of social digital tools:

My expectations for Obama are very high. Since the start of his campaign, Team Obama has employed blogs, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, text messages, widgets and a massive social network site/ dashboard called My.BarackObama.com. They built an embedded BarackTV player using Brightcove and flooded YouTube with campaign ads and position statements.

Obama has made promises on key technology issues. He supports more broadband Internet access and technology in our schools, and he says he'll strive to bring next-gen broadband to every community. He'll keep the Internet open and tax free. He'll appoint a national Chief Technology Officer to "ensure that our government and all its agencies have the right infrastructure, policies and services for the 21st century." There will be reforms to the patent system, extended R&D tax credits and restored scientific integrity in the White House.

I don't expect major legislative change immediately. But in the near term, I hope to see tech savvy cabinet members and others appointed to positions of power. I expect that they'll understand the current and emerging digital ecology - that they'll at least have heard about Twitter and know the difference between an iPhone app and the iTunes store. I want to see executive offices opened and made transparent. I hope to see continued use of crowdsourcing through the use of blogs and social networks. I wouldn't even remind gentle reminders via text message or email to pay attention to a new bill as it goes before Congress. And it'd be a nice touch to bring the various governmental agencies' recordkeeping and document storage current, so that hard-working journalists can spend less time schooling public information officers in the finer points of Excel and email (hear me knocking, EPA?).

I'm eager to see how long the blogging and Twittering will last. Don't let us down, president-elect. Many of us are looking forward to a faster, more connected future...

 

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