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Obama wants the government ready for mobile web surfers

According to President Obama, Americans often have to navigate a labyrinth of different websites and locations to find information about relevant government programs. The president also notes that many of those programs don't even have a web presence. To remedy the situation, President Obama has ordered federal agencies to make key services available on websites via mobile phones within the next year.
The push is an effort to support the trend across the country of surfing the web on a mobile device. President Obama issued a directive to develop the mobile web content Wednesday and also ordered the federal agencies to create and make available websites that report on their mobile progress. The websites reporting on mobile progress are due within 90 days.
President Obama wrote in the memo [PDF], "It is time for the federal government to do more. For far too long, the American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different government programs in order to find the services they need."
"Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device," Obama said in a statement. "By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed."
Computerworld reports that by 2015, more U.S. residents are expected to access the Internet through mobile phones than via a desktop computer. That means that within the next three years a huge number of Americans will be looking for information on government services and programs using websites via mobile devices.
President Obama placed U.S. chief information officer Steven VanRoekel in charge of the effort. "Nearly everyone is carrying smart devices in their pockets that have incredible computing power," VanRoekel said in a press briefing. "It's creating a dynamic, both inside the walls of government and outside, where citizens are really demanding more. They're demanding the ability to interface with government the same way they interface with their favorite social-media websites."
Kevin Kelly, COO of LGS Innovations, a networking vendor focused on the U.S. government market, added, "One of the primary challenges, as I see it, will be overcoming the 'trust factor.' Utilizing a shared-services approach will definitely yield improvements in cost efficiency. However, it requires one agency to trust another with the handling and delivery of its critical information."

Source: Computerworld

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That's scary.
By TSS on 5/24/2012 11:37:49 AM , Rating: 0
They're demanding the ability to interface with government the same way they interface with their favorite social-media websites

Does anybody else think that's scary? Not so much that this whole initiative is happening, but that people are actually demanding it?

People demanded hitler into power. Now i know it's unlikely that the US government will actually imprison and execute it's citizens like hitler did with jews. But tyrants come in many sizes and forms. Debt slavery is just as much slavery, somebody legally owns you (since you have to pay down debt and the only way to do it if you have nothing, is labor). Whatta ya think will happen eventually if you keep refusing to labor even though you have debt?

Doesn't have to be blacks or hispanics that get it either. White people are just as much in danger. Infact maybe more since, as i understand from black standup comedians, they're used to this kinda bullshiat, while white folk ain't.

Just remember that "interfacing like social media" does NOT equal transparancy. It means burying the usefull facts in a pile of bullshit. It means simplifying the knowledge so even the dumbest person can understand, and for that to happen, there has to be a lack of actual knowledge in the information (stupid people only understand stuff that's as stupid or ever so slightly less stupid, as themselves). Which leaves grossly inadequate data for those who do have intelligence, but maybe not the knowledge of ecomics to make sense of everything. In other words, the group of voters that's supposed to tell the swing voters what to vote for.

The whole discussion is moot though. I mean there are US government institutions that are very open. Maybe even a bit too open. I'm not even an american but i've found the financial records of Ginnie Mae (government version of fannie mae) online. I was looking since i was reading bernake's latest speech and i saw him mention banks buying heavily into "agency guarranteed MBSes", which i found odd.

Then i found out ginnie mae existed and i found their neat financial statements in PDF form on their own website. In their own statements it says $6,3 billion in morgages for investment. While their own website under "about" says they don't sell MBSes. Which was up from the $4,2 billion of 1 year ago.

Just because it is transparent doesn't mean there's no criminal activity going on. Criminals are glad to show you their business if they know you are utterly powerless to stop them.

Really i have no choice but to conclude this whole initiative is nothing more to make the government "look" even more friendly towards it's US citizens, while it further tries to muscle into their lives.

RE: That's scary.
By theaerokid on 5/24/2012 12:32:35 PM , Rating: 1
OMG! Hitler! You must be some hatemonger who compares America's Dear Leader to Hitler!
*Hitler built himself a robust cult of personality first. Check!
*He made big strides in establishing a socialist form of government. Check!
*He also banned private ownership of guns. In the agenda, but hush hush...

A lot of fair comparisons can be made, but that's not the point right now.

This "openness" can also be a distraction. "We'll be open about the little things so they can get a false sense of security while being secretive about the really outrageous stuff that we know the American people would NEVER go for."

But the American people are to blame too for thinking that going European socialist is the cool thing to do, and for not understanding Marxism enough to know that is what this administration is selling.

All that free stuff isn't free. They are using the people's money to buy power from the people because you don't bite the hand that feeds you. And this is how it happens; by making the relationship between the people and the government more cozy and one of provider and receiver. "I'll vote for you if you give me what I need, because I can't do it by myself. I know I'm free, but can I please come back into the plantation so you can take care of me?"

I was at a birthday party where I met a Russian chick whose parents and grandparents lived in the Soviet Union and I asked her what they said about Soviet life for the common man. They got tiny apartments for free, but
don't ever count on moving if you need more space. It would take 7-10 years to get the requests for a move approved and it was never what you wanted or
needed. You got free phone lines, but of course they could monitor your calls to make sure to keep you in line. But on the bright side everything was fair and equally miserable for everyone! Yay! :^D

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