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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 monday >

First POST: Front Pagers

How Facebook's trending topics feed is wrecking political news; debating the FBI's need for an encrypted phone "backdoor"; democratizing crisis data; and much, much more. GO

friday >

First POST: Tracking

Questions about whether Whisper is secretly tracking its users' secrets; the FBI's continued push against the new wave of encrypted phones; community service, high-tech-mogul-style; and much, much more. GO

thursday >

First POST: Hosts

Airbnb in hot water in NYC; Knight Prototype Fund backs some civic tech projects; pondering Google's position on net neutrality; and much, much more. GO

wednesday >

First POST: Africa Calling

How some techies are starting to respond to the Ebola crisis; everything you need to know about GamerGate; how Twitter may upset the 2015 UK elections; and much, much more. GO

tuesday >

First POST: Burrowing

How Democratic candidates down-ballot are getting access to the same voter targeting tools used by larger campaigns; Microsoft Bing rolls out its election prediction program; Edward Snowden's first emails to Laura Poitras; and much, much more. GO

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