This will be difficult; online communities are fragile, tenuous associations, and Obama’s Web coalition—millions of people with various competing interests—could very well splinter when tasked with working toward specific policy goals.
Meanwhile, in the glass half-full camp, the Boston Globe‘s Hiawatha Bray believes the pending White House will be wired and ready for all-citizen access:
If Obama gets his way, all Americans will have broadband Internet access, whether they live in big cities or remote villages. Online life will be safer, with better defenses against cybercriminals. And there will be greater access to government, with online services to let anyone question members of the president’s Cabinet or track every dime of the federal budget.
Too early to tell? One thing’s for sure–all those folks who donated $5 to Barackobama.com are ready to for more open, less secretive policies than those of the George W’s administration. [second life image from barackobama.com]