Obama continues Google-enabled gov't push on transition site

Change.gov embraces looser copyright licensing policy and creates citizen forum

Micah Sifry, a blogger at TechPresident, described the transition team's method of providing citizens with an electronic outlet that has the attention of the President-Elect as the beginning of a "rebooting of the American political system."

"The Obama transition [team] is actually enabling a lot of interesting community development to start happening beneath the surface of a threaded discussion," Sifry said. "Users get their own 'commenter profile' on IntenseDebate, along with reputation points, and they can carry those profiles onto other sites that use the same system. Users can also choose to follow other IntenseDebate users, so if someone is really diligent they could start to gather a group or a crowd around them."

While some other government Web sites like those run by the State Department and the Transportation Security Administration have their own blogs, they usually filter comments before they are posted, Sifry added.

"Here, Change.gov appears to be letting comments go straight to the Web unfiltered," he added. "What can I say, other than this is a terrific start on fulfilling Obama's promise to make government more open and participatory."

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