Podcast: Larry Magid and Declan McCullagh talk about new Whitehouse.gov

Change didn't just come to 1600 Pennsylvania but also to Whitehouse.gov. CBS and CNET tech analyst and CNET chief political correspondent Declan McCullagh talk about how the site is changing and what it promises.

By the time President Obama lifted his hand from the Lincoln Bible, White House staff updated the presidential Web site Whitehouse.gov to reflect the new administration. The site, which now includes a video of the president's swearing in and inaugural address, also includes his agenda, which is pretty much lifted from his campaign Web site.

The site, according to a blog post from White House New Media Director Macon Philips, is part of the administration's plan to make government more transparent and more open to citizen participation. Philips promises that the site "will feature timely and in-depth content meant to keep everyone up-to-date and educated" and that it will allow the public to review and comment on all non-emergency legislation before the president signs it.

So far the site has more promises than content, but it's still very early in the administration.

To get a better understanding of how the site is going so far and where it might go, I chatted with my colleague CNET News' chief political correspondent Declan McCullagh who says that the new site is getting off to a slow start.

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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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