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Change.gov: Barack Obama's transition site
Change.gov is the website for the transition of president-elect Barack Obama. One of the pages there supported mandatory community service, and that page was quickly sent down the memory hole after that was pointed out. Later, the entire "Agenda" section was removed. Then, it was announced that Obama would be uploading his weekly radio address as videos to Youtube and other services. As predicted at that link, no form of interaction was allowed when the videos were eventually posted.
Then, videos were posted there that were like something from the West Wing TV show.
The current latest entertaining scams are a Digg-like voting system that will allow visitors to vote for questions Obama will be asked. However, as illustrated by other similar attempts, popular voting systems only allow the weakest questions to be voted to the top. They've also added a highly similar "Citizen's Briefing Book" which suffers from the same flaws.
Note that the site change.dov uses the IP address 220.127.116.11, and if you put that into your browser's address bar you'll be taken to a holding page for Blue State Digital, a private company. The Government Services Administration is the registrar for .gov names, and they say at dotgov.gov:
To maintain domain name integrity, eligibility is limited to qualified government organizations and programs. Having a managed domain name such as .gov assures your customers that they are accessing an official government site.
In response to my inquiry, GSA says that change.gov is operating within the law. While persuasive, that is just their opinion.
And, it later turned out that an exception was made for Obama, something that the GSA did not tell me in their response.