WhiteHouse.gov Redesigned

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Whoa, that was quick. At 12 noon EST, the exact time at which law dictates Barack Obama became President of the United States, WhiteHouse.gov switched over to a totally new design. It’s even got a blog.

The site’s copyright policy is also definite improvement over that of Obama’s transition site, Change.gov: all government-produced content is public domain as required by law, while all user-submitted content goes under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.

New media posers can spout all the trendy rhetoric they want — but investing the resources to keep your web site up to date on all levels (technology, content, design, licensing) is a sure sign that you’re serious about your online efforts. The instant switchover of WhiteHouse.gov sends a clear and unmistakable message: Obama is serious about harnessing the Internet as a tool for governance.

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3 Comments (with 1 Conversation) on “WhiteHouse.gov Redesigned”
  1. Except where otherwise noted, third-party content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to Whitehouse.gov under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

    Hah, I love that paragraph. Go FREEDOM! Change indeed. Embrace FLOSS-CC.

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