Where’s My White House Info?January 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Posted in Miscellany | Leave a comment
Tags: Blackberry, technology, transition, white house
It’s stuck in the 20th century.
Between outdated and inadequate computers and government regulations, including the Presidential Records Act, the availability of information at WhiteHouse.gov has been thin. But they are working on it. Be patient.
(WaPo) One member of the White House new-media team came to work on Tuesday, right after the swearing-in ceremony, only to discover that it was impossible to know which programs could be updated, or even which computers could be used for which purposes. The team members, accustomed to working on Macintoshes, found computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops were scarce, assigned to only a few people in the West Wing. The team was left struggling to put closed captions on online videos.
The good news? President Obama gets to keep — and use — his Blackberry. His email address is classified though, so you won’t be able to cc the President on your correspondence.