POLITICO – “The White House said Sunday night that it will change its e-mail sign-up procedures after some recipients of a health-care e-mail complained that they had not asked to receive updates. “We are implementing measures to make subscribing to e-mails clearer, including preventing advocacy organizations from signing people up to our lists without their permission when they deliver petition signatures and other messages on individual’s behalf,” spokesman Nick Shapiro said in a statement Sunday night.”
AP – “People are flooding members of Congress with so many e-mails that they are overloading the House’s primary Web site”
Yahoo! News – “Grassley is one of an estimated 30 senators and more than 100 members of the House of Representatives who use Twitter â€” quite a development in an institution where messengers still bow when they enter the Senate chamber and votes are taken by members often putting their thumbs up or down. The irony, said Senate associate historian Don Ritchie , is that “members still use 19th century language in the chamber,” referring to one another in floor debate as the “distinguished gentlelady from Missouri ” and so forth.”
The White House – “Today, the Department of Homeland Security launched The Blog @ Homeland Security, which will be updated frequently with news on the Secretaryâ€™s activities and events, and will discuss emerging technology that the department is developing.”
The White House – “As part of the Open Government Initiative, the President tasked Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Peter Orszag with issuing an Open Government Directive to Federal agencies.Â The OMB Directive will be informed by recommendations being developed by the Chief Technology Officer.Â Consistent with the Presidentâ€™s goals of promoting government transparency, participation, and collaboration, the public has been invited to offer ideas and suggestions.”
InternetNews – “The dream of an effective and open e-government, a great hope of the Obama administration, rides on the ability of government officials to emulate the Web 2.0 model in the private sector, where some of the biggest success stories have been built through a decentralized, crowd-sourced model, a White House official said today.”
I love articles that start off like this: – “The historical record of the United States government will soon be more accessible.”
Good times people. Good times.