Where's the Mimeograph Machine?
An interesting piece in the Washington Post today details the significant constraints on the Obama Administration’s use of cutting edge communications technology in the White House. This circumstance is due in part to legitimate security concerns and federal archive regulations, but also to the fact that large bureaucracies like the executive branch tend to be late adopters of new technology. In the latter case, cost is usually a factor, coupled with general institutional inertia.
So, it will be fascinating to see whether an operation that gained a competitive advantage during the presidential campaign with its impressive use of web-based and other communications technologies will bow to the dictates of a large federal bureaucracy, or instead fight to bring it into the twenty-first century. At least it now looks like President Obama will get to keep a limited version of his blackberry access, so that’s a start.

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