Tag Archives: Obama

An “Open” Letter to the Obama Administration

FDR was the radio President. JFK was the TV President. Obama is the Internet President. How should this administration leverage the Open Stack to revitalize our democracy? Chris Messina, Joseph Smarr, and I tackle that question in the latest episode of The Social Web TV:

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Obama to OpenID: “Yes, we can!”

Just learned from a a post by Marshall Kirkpatrick on ReadWriteWeb that OpenID is now being accepted on the Change.gov, the official transition site for President Elect Obama. I immediately went over to check it out. The experience was a bit messed up, but ulitmately I was able to get it to work. (You first have to use your OpenID to create an account on Intense Debate; once you do that you’re good to go.)

As you can see in the picture below, once logged in, my profile photo showed up, too. (I used an OpenID from JanRain’s myopenid.com service.)

Me logged into Change.gov with my OpenID

What a great sign of new possibilities, as we look forward to the first Internet-savvy administration. Can we get OpenID broadly established in 2009? Yes, we can! Can we use the Social Web’s new “open stack” to bring about a more participatory era in American democracy? Yes, we can!

We discussed Obama’s Social Web strategy recently on The Social Web TV:

More commentary by David Recordon here and VentureBeat’s Eric Eldon here.

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Harnessing the “People Power” of Social Media

On this week’s show, Joseph Smarr and I discuss the significance of how Obama’s team harnessed the “people power” of social media. The stuff we’re all working on to open up the Social Web is not just about socializing, but is also about fundamental changes in society that social media can facilitate.

The episode is also up over at The Social Web TV.

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It’s Official: I was Wrong

I had a bad feeling last night about how the U.S. Presidential election would go. In particular, I feared and predicted that our system would buckle under the weight of an historic turnout, and that we would spend tonight (and maybe the coming days) dealing with a situation that might remind us of Florida in 2000. I am so pleased to admit that I was wrong. Whether you are an Obama supporter or a McCain supporter, please join me in celebrating a triumph of democracy in action. Well, done, U.S.A!

And, by the way, what an historic moment in American history. My great hope is that this will prove a watershed moment in the often tortured history of race in America. Forget for a moment the two political parties in this country. Forget conservative and liberal. Drink in this moment as symbolic of what makes the United States of America so special: a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

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Off-Topic: My Prediction for Tomorrow

On the eve of the U.S. Presidential election, please allow me to diverge from my regular focus on opening up the Social Web in order to go on record with my prediction…

Most folks are now, based on polls, predicting a sizable win for Obama, with clarity of the outcome emerging early tomorrow evening, perhaps shortly after the polls close in Virginia.

I predict a *very* different outcome. If I am correct, avid followers of this election should prepare for a later night — and perhaps something more akin to the chaos, confusion, and limbo of the 2000 election. Why? I believe that the turnout will be so historic that the voting system will be severely tested. Polls will be swamped. Irregularities will occur (not out of malice, but out of inability to respond to the surge). I also happen to believe that the polls are overstating the gap between Obama and McCain, which is to say that I believe the *actual* margin of error in many of the polls is as large or larger than the projected gap.

In particular, look to Pennsylvania (my home state, but not current residence) and Ohio as this year’s Florida.

My prediction is not whether Obama or McCain will win. (I suspect it will be Obama, but by a narrower margin than most predict.) My prediction is that the outcome will not be clear early tomorrow evening, and that it may well come down to fancy footwork of lawyers, rather than a simple tally of votes.

By the way, I hope I am wrong, but couldn’t resist putting my thoughts down in public.

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