I have been on a blogging hiatus since the beginning of the Obama-Biden transition project in the summer of 2008. In addition to the usual policy planning committees on the economy, environment, or education, the Technology, Innovation, and Government Reform (TIGR) team was an unprecedented effort to lay out a strategy for institutional innovation for the new administration while our work on Change.gov began to lay the groundwork for the practice of more transparent and participatory governance. One of the goals of TIGR was to develop early approaches for open and collaborative ways of working and deciding to making government more effective.
As a important step in implementing this agenda, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government as his first executive memorandum on January 21, 2009. The Memorandum calls upon all Executive branch agencies and departments to a government that is transparent, participatory, and collaborative. He also appointed the nation's first Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer.
I became United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer responsible for Open Government and head of the White House Open Government Initiative. Instead of blogging here, I now blog with my colleagues at www.whitehouse.gov/open.
Here's an early story about some of our work.
In the meantime, my book Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful appeared with the Brookings Institution Press.
I am on leave as a law professor from New York Law School and its Institute for Information Law & Policy. Peer-to-Patent is still taking volunteers through October.
Someday I'll go back to blogging.