Obama Campaign Ditches Twitter, Facebook

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I've said this so often I feel like a broken record, but here goes: there is a big difference between electioneering and governing. Those differences extend to constituent communication, in no small part because of the prohibition against using government (public) resources to get elected (or re-elected). How else to explain the fact that the Barack Obama campaign (notice I did not say "Barack Obama" -- I don't want to perpetuate the idea that he was personally engaged in these spaces) has posted nothing on its Twitter account or its Facebook account since 5 November 2008, the day after the election? Instead, the electioneering team (the campaign) has morphed into the about-to-be-governing team. They have an outward-focus on Change.gov, but that's a very controlled space, not unlike My.BarackObama.com. Another reason for abandoning these social spaces: they're great for mobilizing but not so great for deliberation. …continue reading →

Change.Gov Adds CC Licensing

The Creative Commons license announcement on Change.gov seems odd. Federal government materials are generally public domain upon creation, thus the CC license makes reuse of the content more restrictive. [See DOL statement, for example.]

It makes sense for Change.gov to spell out copyright for user-generated content, but it should not be a retroactive action. And any CC license should not include info created by Obama and his team. Finally, the CC license should prohibits commercial use of UGC material! But this one doesn’t.

Here’s what I wrote over at Lessig’s blog: …continue reading →