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Obama's State Of The Union To Utilize Technology

Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are among the social networking and video platform the administration will use to connect with the public during and after the president's annual speech.

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Taking a page out of his own open government strategy, President Obama will be leveraging various social-media sites and Web features so people can connect online with him and White House staff during and after his State of the Union address.

The cornerstone of Obama's IT strategy in his first two years in office has been the Open Government Directive, a mandate for the federal government to foster more transparency and engagement with the public and also to allow people to participate more in government through the use of technology.

To support these tenets of the plan, the White House is using the Web to make this year's State of the Union speech -- scheduled for 9 p.m. EST Tuesday -- the most interactive to date.

People can access a series of features like charts and statistics during a live stream of the presidents address to help them understand key points he makes during the speech, according to a White House blog post. The stream and the tools will be available on the White House Web site.

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