Should the White House Be a Place for Friends?
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 05/05/2009 23:33
Last week, President Obama extended his use of social media sites, a trademark feature of his campaign, into the White House, setting up on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. The president, of course, has had an official blog, and he has been posting White House video on YouTube and other video sites.
The administration says its use of these social networks represents part of its effort to make government more open and accountable. Indeed, the General Services Administration has established special deals with a group of social media sites meant to allow any federal agency to join the conversation.
Some privacy advocates see dark clouds in this purported move toward sunshine. But can the president's visit to MySpace be any worse than reaching out to the wired generation in a form of Photo Op 2.0?