Federal Government Mulls Web 2.0

The country’s technology chief said that he would push the government to embrace blogs, wikis and social networking sites to achieve both greater efficiency and transparency.

“It’s a safe assumption that the federal government will be more likely to adopt Web 2.0 technologies in the months ahead,” said Aneesh Chopra, the White House chief technology officer, in an interview. Projects he wants to implement include using the Web to solicit public feedback on improving Veterans Benefits Administration disbursements and overhauling the immigration services Web site. One plan includes sending visa applicants text-message notifications.

Chopra’s comments underscore the Obama administration’s hope to marshal the power of swiftly changing technologies.

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