As a candidate, Barack Obama benefited greatly from the power of the Internet, tapping Web tools to reach, motivate, and collect funds from millions of people across the country. As president, Obama has cemented his role as the nation's most connected president to-date, incorporating technology as a cornerstone of key initiatives from healthcare reform to education. Taking a page from corporate America, Obama hired a chief technology officer to oversee the nation's IT direction. And, though he h
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Public media 2.0's core function is to generate publics around problems, via commercial and non-commercial platforms, according to the Future of Public Media Project. Supported by Obama, Public media 2.0 requires national coordination of collaborative efforts between media outlets and allied organizations, the Future of Public Media Project said. To be funded by taxpayers, Public Media 2.0 will use shared standards and practices to cross cultural, social, economic, ethnic, and political divides; to collaborate; and to learn from others' examples, including their mistakes, the organization said. "[Public media 2.0 will] create the Sesame Street of the digital age and other video and interactive programming," he said in 2007.