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Welcome to #GovWebCon: Better Websites, Better Government?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 28 2009

I'm attending the Government Web Managers Conference in Washington, DC, today and tomorrow, and I'll be posting periodic updates as the event unfolds. Some 400 web managers from the federal, state and local level are ... Read More

Obama Names Aneesh Chopra US's First CTO [UPDATED]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, April 17 2009

Looks like instead of mocking Nancy Scola, we owe her kudos for predicting all the way back in November that Obama's pick for the nation's first Chief Technology Officer would be "someone out of the small but vibrant ... Read More


BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 6 2009

Well, sorta. As someone mentioned on Twitter, it is a bit comical that the homepage of what will become the epicenter of the open data movement now consists of a jpeg. Nothing says freedom of information like converting ... Read More

Breaking News: CIO Vivek Kundra is Back on the Job [updated]

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 17 2009

Vivek Kundra, the federal government's new Chief Information Officer, has been spotted at his desk, doing his job. We're hearing that Kundra's temporary leave of absence, in the wake of last week's arrest of two ... Read More

Clearing the Cache: What If President Obama Twittered?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, March 17 2009

Politico asks "Are Politicians Spamming YouTube?" Um, Is the Pope Catholic? Federal Computer Week is on Vivek Kundra watch duty. So is InformationWeek, but befitting their name, their information is weak... Read More

Clearing the Cache: Obama Hits Send, Will 13M Hit Reply?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 16 2009

Obama hits the send button. Will 13 million hit reply? Did Vivek Kundra's transparent policies as DC CTO help suss out the office crook? Both TechDailyDose and David Stephenson think so. Read More

Let Vivek Kundra Do His Job

BY Micah L. Sifry | Sunday, March 15 2009

In December 2007, the then-Chief Technology Officer of Washington, DC, Vivek Kundra, testified before a committee of the city council on "Theft and Fraud Prevention in District Government Agencies." He focused on steps ... Read More

Kundra Takes Leave Over CTO Office Procurement Investigation

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, March 13 2009

The fallout from yesterday's FBI raid on the Office of the Chief Technology Officer had put the brakes on Barack Obama's appointment of Vivek Kundra as U.S. Read More

The Live Web and Washington

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, March 12 2009

I've been multitasking this morning, catching up on email and glancing at Twitter, and three times I've noticed the power of the live, interactive web as a new factor in my life. Read More

FBI Raids DC CTO Office, Arrests Former Kundra Aide

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, March 12 2009

Providing a strange backdrop to the Twittered excitement over U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra's speech at FOSE this morning was the breaking news that the FBI had raided Kundra's former offices at the DC CTO headquarters. What's ... Read More