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January 8th, 2009
03:46 PM ET

Create a tech-friendly U.S. government

Jimmy Wales and Andrea Weckerle
Special to CNN

The incoming Obama administration's plan to appoint the first national chief technology officer unequivocally emphasizes the new team's belief that technology isn't ancillary or extraneous to governance, and instead that it's an integral part of the effective running of a democratic superpower.

It's no wonder that the online world nearly burst with excitement upon hearing the news.

But to fully and effectively implement its mission, the CTO position must be nonpolitical and, at least initially, internally focused. Here are our recommendations for what we believe are core components of a structurally sound, technologically savvy federal government:

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Technology
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. L Griffiths Australia

    So the federal government will have a webpage, with links and stuff, maybe a blog... technologically savvy old dudes.

    January 8, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  2. Benigna Marko

    The way to look at this is that our President-elect is a technological techy himself. He won't put down his blackberry and as he has stated he hs a blackberry addict. He will be going crazy with his blackberry and hopefully he will hire a blackberry staffer to handle this for him. He needs more of his time focusing on issues that the american people need resolved. His blackberry staffer can sift through the massive amounts of messages and get those of most importance to him quickly. He is a techy President which will be great.
    Benigna Marko

    January 8, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  3. KAREN

    Im all for knowing how uncle sam is spending my money,thats why i voted for Mr Obama im praying for him every day to becouse cleaning up the greed in congress wont be easy,hes got a hell of a fight comeing ahead of him,but hes got the people behind him backing him 100 percent.

    January 8, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  4. Larry

    Take a look at the impact of technology on the educational system in countries such as Scotland.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  5. JC-Los Angeles

    With all due respect, an extensive focus on technology will have about the same impact that Tom Ridge's color codes had on Homeland Security.

    The problem with technology is that everyone loves it but no one wants to pay for it.

    Wall Street loves to pump up technology stocks that are on the cutting edge, however, they then dump them before the shares plummet since no one wants to pay for the technology.

    America needs a back to basics, blocking and tackling mindset; once this seemingly extinct concept is accepted only then should we focus on the soon to be antiquated technologies.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  6. Linda Walker

    Finally, a chance at a true government "of the people". My opinions and suggestions can be voiced without having to go through a congressman or woman. There are many great ideas out there among everyday people that in the past have been ignore by the elected officials that have to be dealt with as an idea is forwarded.

    January 8, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  7. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    How about the IRS? Wouldn't it be just great to pay a flat tax on income...10% to the Feds, 5% to the State...one page form...period!

    January 8, 2009 at 4:20 pm |