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Obama aids find White House in IT "dark ages"

Antony Savvas

The Obama administration found the White House in the "technological dark ages" during its first day at work, reports The Washington Post.

Obama aides found that phone lines did not work, PCs were loaded with six-year-old versions of Windows software, and that laptops and mobile phones were difficult to get hold of.

In addition, the administration's website was not being loaded with the information needed to support Obama's goal of delivering more openess about how the government runs the nation's affairs.

Obama aides' slick use of blogs, webmail, instant messaging, Blackberry smartphones and other gizmo technology in getting Obama elected, has not so far been available to them in the White House, reports the paper.

Part of the reason for the shortcomings is that governmental rules (under the Presidential Records Act) dictate that all governmental communications have to be conducted on internally controlled networks that can record government business - ironically to aid the openess Obama strives for when making government actions available for public view.

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