Daily Digest | Ripples from a Cyberspeech
BY Editors | Tuesday, June 9 2009
- "A New Beginning": The Speech Heard (and Facebooked, and Tweeted) 'Round the World As the White House is eager to inform us, the ripple effect of President Obama's 55-minute speech called "A New Beginning" delivered last Thursday at Egypt's Cairo University didn't stop that on that day and wasn't limited to that campus. What's become clear over the last few days is that a primary way the White House intends to make sure that this important speech is indeed heard throughout the Muslim World is through technology. What's more, the Obama Administration smartly used American embassies and diplomatic postings scattered around the planet to interact with foreign locals via Twitter, Facebook, and text message.
- All the Data You Wanted From Govt But Were Afraid to Ask For? Right now, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy's blog is in the middle of the second, "Discussion," phase of its unique effort to engage the public online in fleshing out the details of President Obama's Open Government Directive. A new post, titled "Transparency: Open Government Operations," raises some interesting questions and is generating equally stimulating answers about what information the government should be required to disclose.
- Gaffe, or Just Grassley? After 28 years of service to their state, Iowans have a pretty good feel for Senator Chuck Grassley. Now, thanks to Twitter, the rest of us are getting a unique first-hand look at the Hawkeye Republican. What we're seeing is a unique blend of passionate politics, curmudgeonliness, and rules-be-damned grammar. See what Grassley indignantly tweeted about the President.
- Unmasking Publius There's been interesting flare-up in the perennial online argument over maintaining anonymity in the political blogosphere. During a heated back-and-forth over the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor, National Review Online's Ed Whelan recently revealed the identity of a writer by the handle of Publius who blogs on the popular political site Obsidian Wings. And once out, the secret can't be stuffed back into the box.