Daily Digest | Spies, Secret Emails, and...Slacking Senators
BY Editors | Wednesday, May 20 2009
- Spy vs. Discoverability: The Challenges of Intelligence in a 2.0 World The U.S. intelligence community isn't unaware of the need for them to get better at connecting dots. It's a critique they've heard with quite a bit of regularity since 9/11. But how? Slowly, they're moving toward smarter use of information in a networked world. A number of challenges stand in the way.
- Court Rules Against Disclosure in Bush White House E-mail Case Bush Administration-era emails can stay "lost" for now, according to a new ruling by a federal appeals court that says the White House Office of Administration responsible for keeping tabs on White House emails is an administrative office -- and thus not subject to Freedom of Information Act disclosure requirements. The Obama Administration, itself wrestling with White House email, faces the challenge of applying good government principles to a Blackberrying presidency.
- Aneesh Chopra's Not-So-Grueling Day on Capitol Hill No issues for the new CTO? Aneesh Chopra, who will head up the White House's portfolio on using technology to drive American innovation in the years ahead got one -- one -- substantive question on what he plans to do once in office at his Senate confirmation hearing. Is there a misunderstanding of his role, or just indifference?
- Digging on Health Care Reform The American Progressive Caucus Policy Foundation's brand-new experiment in applying Digg-like principles to health care reform is interesting because of where the organization fits into the Washington universe. This group serves as the extra-congressional wing of the official Congressional Progressive Caucus. Could this inject a little liveliness into the Capitol?
- PdF Chat Time with Jon Henke Welcome to PdF Chat Time, a new feature here by Anna Curan that gives you a behind the scenes glimpse into the lives of the politechnorati. Hear what inspires them, what keep them up at night, and who throws the wildest parties. Get informed by the most knowledgeable players in the world of politics and technology. First up: Hear what Jon Henke has to say about blogging, Twitter, and the future of the Republican Party.
- Hope for the Obama Network from Massachussetts After Massachussetts supporters of Organizing for America created a 400+ person organizing event last weeked -- without DNC staff -- Zephyr Teachout actually has some real hope for creating power out of the network of people who initially came together for the Obama campaign. The event could become a model for groups in other states, showing that if you act, and build power, you will get attention.
- Housekeeping Note, Design Edition Careful readers and visual learners will notice that we've made some design changes on both techPresident and Personal Democracy Forum. We've gone more minimalist, resizing some elements and opting for more muted backgrounds. And the serif fonts really class up the joint, no? Let us know what you think.