Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Bye bye crackberry

I recently read on that President Elect Obama is going to likely have to stop using his blackberry when he becomes President. Does this sound like a stupid idea to anyone else? The thought behind it is that because it is a formal written record, “any email can be subpoenaed by Congress and courts and may be subject to public records laws, so if a president doesn't want his e-mail public, he shouldn't e-mail”.

Everyone knows that email is not a private form of communication. I understand fully that every email that I send out using my work server gets saved forever. For example, a very long time ago on one of my first projects, a teammate got into a bit of a sticky situation because of some joke forwards that he had sent a client. My firm was able to pull the emails out of the archives and ‘prove’ what he was doing. However, just because it isn’t totally private, that doesn’t mean that the President should have to totally abandon what is a very efficient form of communication.

Sure, face to face communication is great, but if the President could sit down an hour a day and knock out a few dozen emails I’m almost positive that we would have either solved world hunger or accomplished world peace.


bjn said...

Don't the biggest big-shots get rid of their cell phones because they don't want to be that "accessable"?

With the entourage that is following him for the next 4 years, I think it's unnecessary, except maybe for the wife and kids ;-)

What if someone figured out the number? How nice would that be for him?

"We're going to strike the Solomon Islands.. ring ring.. WHAT IS IT? NO I DON'T WANT A SUBSCRIPTION TO PLAYBOY!"

Adam said...

Seriously?? I mean, what if someone finds out his SSN? That would likely be a much larger issue. However, they are able to keep that number safe.

I would like him to be a bit more connected to people around the world rather than have everything go through the 'filter' of his cronies. Why should the president still be conducting business like it is 1930?