27 Jan 2011
Taking the advice of his own open government initiative, President Obama is further extending his State of the Union reach by utilizing various social media and web 2.0 sites. In addition to hosting Facebook roundtables and soliciting Twitter feedback, the President will be answering public questions via YouTube tomorrow (see www.youtube.com/askobama).
As well as encouraging more government transparency, the initiative allows the public to actually ”get involved” with our government through the use of technology. This two-way street of open dialogue is great for education and morale, but one can only imagine the flood of questions and comments the American public has. As with other crowdsourcing projects, the question arises: who’s collecting and analyzing all of the public feedback? Or better yet, who’s going to do something about it?