Daily Digest: The Dawn of Day One
BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 20 2009
As we prepare for today's inauguration festivities, we're presented an abbreviated Daily Digest. We'll be back in full force tomorrow.
Inside TIGR: A new video from the Obama transition introduces us to the TIGR team -- that is, the Technology, Innovation and Government Reform crew tasked with taking stock of what's what when it comes to U.S. government tech. Our Micah Sifry has the details. As it's Inauguration Day, we're going to let ourselves swoon a bit and revel in the idea of senior government figures going on about such topics as cloud computing, data freedom, and how the public domain can drive economic growth. (Did we catch a Human Genome Project reference? Awesome.) These have long been conversations held in dark, geeky closets inside the District. The geeks are now cool -- and, what's more, they're critical to the President's vision of America's future. Amen and hallelujah.
A Congress Beholden to YouTube?: CongressDaily's Andrew Noyes thinks that the new partnership between Congress and YouTube raises some troubling questions. Should the U.S. government be so dependent on one conduit to the American people? YouTube may be free, but are we risking a quid pro quo down the road when Google comes asking for favors on Capitol Hill? The argument in favor of such a partnership is fairly obvious: good political leaders go to where the people are, and the people are currently on YouTube. To get into the weeds on this debate, jump into the discussion happening in the Open House Project Google Group.
Collecting Service Stories: A company called Evoca has been tapped to collect stories from this weekend's National Day of Service projects. Look for the Obama White House to make use of those sweet stories to make its case for why America works best when Americans work together.
Like Losing an Arm: You know the old saying: "To whom much is given, sometimes IM gets taken way." Politico's ace reporter Ben Smith reports on how new White House staff got the troubling news late last week that instant messaging -- a powerful tool during the campaign -- won't be coming with them to 1600 Pennsylvania.
Can a White House Truly Be Open-Door?: National Journal's Lucas Grindley writes that the Obama White House will be the true test of whether transparency has a future in politics.
Get FISA on Cable: Thanks to the miracle of micro-ad buying, The Get FISA Right coalition birthed on MyBarackObama.com has "Congratulations, President Obama" spots running on big-name cable stations today.
The Handing Over of Power: Just so you know we're on the case, we'll be keeping an eye on what happens to Change.gov and WhiteHouse.gov at noon today.
Your Viewing Stand: That's enough out of us. Ustream will be streaming the inaugural activities all day long. Check out techpresident.com for the live feed of what might be the most beautiful moment in American democracy -- the peaceful transfer of power from one public servant to another.
In Case You Missed It...
MeetUp, reports Nancy Scola, will be handing out half a million name tags to the crowds assembled for the inauguration, in a bid to sell folks on the appeal of community organizing (and their services). Nancy also notes that at 26-minutes, Tim Kaine's first video address is heavy lifting for viewers. And, finally, Nancy spotlights the final top ten ideas in Change.org's Ideas for Change in America.
Micah Sifry reports on the news that the next iteration of the Obama operation will be called "Organizing for America" and will, it seems, find a home at the DNC.
Matt Burton says that the biggest issue in tech policy we're not talking about is cybersecurity. Thankfully, Matt points us to some resources.
And Tom Watson reports on PopRule, a brand new "politics-saturated Digg" that puts the focus on the local.