White House web team announced

The White House has officially announced the members of its new...

The White House has officially announced the members of its new web team.

The announcements follow the creation of Whitehouse.gov, which aims to "connect the President with the rest of the world", and Recovery.gov, which aims to detail how the US economic rescue package will be spent.

Macon Phillips is the director of new media, a position he held in the presidential transition team. Part of the new administration's attempt to connect with its electorate is a new blog.

Phillips said in his first posting, "Millions of Americans have powered President Obama's journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country's future. WhiteHouse.gov is just the beginning of the new administration's efforts to expand and deepen this online engagement."

Phillips developed Change.gov and oversaw the transition's overall online communications. Before the Obama campaign, Phillips led Blue State Digital's strategy practice, working with political clients.

His deputy is Cammie Croft, who also held the position during the transition project. Prior to that, as the new media rapid response manager for the Obama for America campaign, she oversaw efforts to integrate new media and communications, including managing websites such as FighttheSmears.com and UndertheRadar.com.

Katie Stanton is the director of citizen participation. She joins the team from Google where she was a principal in the new business development team. She was responsible for OpenSocial, Google Moderator and various election-related initiatives. She also managed products such as Google Finance, Google News and Blog Search.

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