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November 22, 2008No Comments

ON: The Digital Presidency

Welcome to the digital age America! While it has been here for many of us in the Beta-Class, we finally have a government that will actually use it to allow us to participate in a digital democracy.  Imagine that, a country that is run by the people, for the people and when it is not - with digital access - we will all know it.   (Ahhhh, there it is, that transparency we have all longed for since the day the back-room deal with the Supreme Court was struck to anoint President Bush in 2000.) Now that we have a Digi-President, will he and his administration be ready for us to re-call them via the digital channel when or if the propaganda does not live up to the hype?

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President-elect Obama has taken the first step in transparency. Last week, the Washington Post covered Obama's first YouTube Weekly address.  After watching, then perusing the Change.gov blog, I ponder if this is transparency or another channel for a new breed of propaganda?

For me, I look forward to the day when our Digi-President will open himself open to public debates with his constituents directly. Many political observers say President-elect Obama's innovative, online-fueled campaign will likely evolve into a new level of online communication between the public and the White House.  Today - it is a one way message.  Right now we are merely a real time focus group.

I ponder if social media platforms, mobile technology and interactive TV will be used to give us unparalleled access and tools that will facilitate our active involvement in rebuilding the country.

What is obvious is that our President-elect appears to have a keen interest in using social media platforms in the act of governing. How far does that interest go?  Will he monitor the blogs for insights and ideas that could help rebuild the economy?  Will he attribute the ideas to the people or groups and recognize them for their contribution?  Will the digital democracy's new tools have the potential to transform how a government of the People, by the People and for the People communicates and operates.

What kind of access do you want? 

ON: The Digital Presidency via @jpenabickley

November 22, 2008No Comments

ON: The Digital Presidency

Welcome to the digital age America! While it has been here for many of us in the Beta-Class, we finally have a government that will actually use it to allow us to participate in a digital democracy.  Imagine that, a country that is run by the people, for the people and when it is not - with digital access - we will all know it.   (Ahhhh, there it is, that transparency we have all longed for since the day the back-room deal with the Supreme Court was struck to anoint President Bush in 2000.) Now that we have a Digi-President, will he and his administration be ready for us to re-call them via the digital channel when or if the propaganda does not live up to the hype?

Picture 1

President-elect Obama has taken the first step in transparency. Last week, the Washington Post covered Obama's first YouTube Weekly address.  After watching, then perusing the Change.gov blog, I ponder if this is transparency or another channel for a new breed of propaganda?

For me, I look forward to the day when our Digi-President will open himself open to public debates with his constituents directly. Many political observers say President-elect Obama's innovative, online-fueled campaign will likely evolve into a new level of online communication between the public and the White House.  Today - it is a one way message.  Right now we are merely a real time focus group.

I ponder if social media platforms, mobile technology and interactive TV will be used to give us unparalleled access and tools that will facilitate our active involvement in rebuilding the country.

What is obvious is that our President-elect appears to have a keen interest in using social media platforms in the act of governing. How far does that interest go?  Will he monitor the blogs for insights and ideas that could help rebuild the economy?  Will he attribute the ideas to the people or groups and recognize them for their contribution?  Will the digital democracy's new tools have the potential to transform how a government of the People, by the People and for the People communicates and operates.

What kind of access do you want? 

ON: The Digital Presidency via @jpenabickley

September 9, 2008No Comments

ON: HillBlazing Once Again

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It's rare that you meet someone who inspires you to think differently and take action.  Moreover, does the same thing to your teen daughters. This past year one woman did.  As many of you know I was one of the 18 million who came out and lent a hand to Senator Hillary Clinton's candidacy.  So once again when the campaign asked - I was honored to be one of Hillary Clinton's hosts at an all star event here in New York.

Join me and Hillary at Hiro on Monday September 22.  Go to http://www.hillaryclinton.com/hiro  to RSVP.  When you RSVP please make sure to select my name "Joanna Pena-Bickley" as your host in the drop down. The event is shaping up to be a fun evening with our favorite senator!

If you cannot attend you can still make a contribution.  We could use your help in paying down Hillary's campaign debt at http://www.hillaryclinton.com/hiro (When you make your donation please use the drop down to select my name as your host)

I look forward to you joining me and Hillary in an evening that will help retire Hillary's campaign debt.

ON: HillBlazing Once Again via @jpenabickley

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