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Barack Obama's Playbook

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, July 20 2010

With an awareness of just how busy everyone is these days, the White House is launching topical weekly email updates:

Don’t have time to check WH.gov everyday?  That’s ok – we’ve got a new feature to make staying current even easier. Starting today, the White House will offer a brand new weekly email with updates and latest news on the economy and job creation in America.  Each week, we’ll send you the latest economy and jobs related posts from the White House blog as well as a look ahead to what’s on tap for next week. 

You can check out the first edition of the Economy and Jobs Agenda below and sign up to get the weekly updates in your inbox here.  We'll also launch a Energy and Climate Agenda later this week - sign up now.  Look for more topics coming soon.

The first missive in the Economy and Jobs series is fairly dry, if informative, stuff, and the White House is promising that future installments will include the answer to one "reader question" per week. The "What's Ahead" feature is also a nice touch. While we're on the topic of email newsletters, anyone else notice that the thing to do these days (see Wonkbook, Morning Tech) is to include goofy little random bits from around the web, like links to strange YouTube videos or funny off-topic blog posts? Probably best for the White House to avoid that, but it's interesting to see how the norms of this kind of digital "literature" are developing.

Anyway, here's where you go to sign up for the new White House newsletters.

News Briefs

RSS Feed today >

First POST: Blogrolling

How Canada spies on its citizens' web behavior; with uber-blogger Andrew Sullivan quitting the field, whither political blogs; how big data is helping prevent homelessness in NYC; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Jargon Busters

Changes in the RNC's tech team; big plans for digital democracy in the UK; how people in Cuba are making their own private Internet; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Stalking

How the DEA tracks millions of America motorists; will the Senate enter the 21st century?; Obama veteran Jeremy Bird's role in the upcoming Israeli election; and much, much more. GO

monday >

First POST: Video Stars

How the White House hit a home run on YouTube post-State of the Union; why the Barrett Brown sentencing casts a chill on online security research; how media producers use Crowdtangle to optimize their Facebook audiences; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Moneyballed

The Gates Foundation's new "global citizens" email database, and why it's a terrible idea; why young people like the NSA more than older people; using open data about NYC taxi drivers to ID Muslims; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Monkeying

Net neutrality proponents call foul on the GOP's plans; StandUnited.com seeks to be the right's Change.org; tons of civic tech news from mySociety, Chicago and Civic Hall in NYC; and much, much more. GO

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