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Whitehouse.gov Watch

By Dan Froomkin
2:34 PM ET, 01/21/2009

It's still very much a work in progress, but the new Whitehouse.gov Web site, launched at the stroke of noon yesterday, promises enormous steps forward in terms of embracing Internet technology and promoting transparency.

In an inaugural blog post, (yes, blog post!) Macon Phillips, Obama's new media director, describes the site's ambitious goals. Among them: "President Obama has committed to making his administration the most open and transparent in history, and WhiteHouse.gov will play a major role in delivering on that promise."

The site already contains a section on Obama's agenda and a skeletal staff list.

And in a move that will be controversial among the White House press corps, the Web site will apparently publicly post the "pool reports" filed by journalists -- missives that have historically been considered somewhat privileged by their authors. I say hooray. Let information be free.

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