Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology

Oba­ma Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Tech­nol­o­gy:

One mem­ber of the White House new-media team came to work on Tues­day, right after the swear­ing-in cer­e­mo­ny, only to dis­cov­er that it was impos­si­ble to know which pro­grams could be updat­ed, or even which com­put­ers could be used for which pur­pos­es.

No Instant Mes­sen­gers. No Face­book. A week to get a com­put­er and a Black­ber­ry. No lap­tops! Com­put­ers that have indi­vid­ual pur­pos­es? This is going to be a painful tran­si­tion from a very inter­net-savvy cam­paign. Hope­ful­ly they will gain the abil­i­ty to change the White House bureau­cra­cy — while the Pres­i­den­tial Records Act is impor­tant, it can’t be beyond the abil­i­ty of peo­ple to have a White House IT infra­struc­ture suit­able for the Inter­net Age.

(Via The Wash­ing­ton Post.)