There’s been a lot of talk over the past week about the new look of WhiteHouse.gov, from its blue hues to change.gov-inspired blog (this and other screen shots can be zoomed-in by clicking on them):
Jon Henke summarizes the key issues about the Bush to Obama layout and concludes that the goal of the Obama Administration online should be to bring government infrastructure up to speed on technological innovations, not to align its online space with current internet standards.
The Obama team doesn’t need to focus on bringing new, cutting edge ideas to the internet. They need to focus on bringing the government up to speed on the things that are already commonplace for average people on the internet.
I agree, as it relates to a comment I added on Adriel Hampton’s blog a few days ago about so-called Government 2.0 engagement.
To better understand my and Henke’s perspective, let’s rewind time and see what the presidential website looked like over the years… [Read more…]