Obama orders Government to optimize websites for mobile

Obama orders Government to optimize websites for mobile
President Obama’s latest directive is not about jobs - it’s about mobile devices, and that’s good news for all of us enjoying our smartphones. The president has ordered the biggest government agencies to optimize their websites for mobile devices. Often, the services they offer are not optimized for smartphones and tablets, and sometimes they can’t even be accessed via a mobile devices.

"American people have been forced to navigate a labyrinth of information across different Government programs in order to find the services they need," says Obama. The obvious implementation that the president sees is paying bills and buying tickets on your mobile gadget.

The directive named "Digtital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People," gives a 12-month period for the agencies to optimize their web presence for mobile devices. They will post their progress after the first 90 days.

We can only welcome Obama’s initiative - in a world where soon everyone will have a smartphone at hand, we’re still far from using its full potential. That’s one step toward the digital society.


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15 Comments

1. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Smart move. Mr. Prez should know tech competitiveness starts with the GOV.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the government kills competition, not enhances it, when they enter a space.

7. VinoDroid

Posts: 8; Member since: May 24, 2012

Not true, think of how many monopolies there would be if not for gov. We'd all be paying $500 a month to VZATT

8. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

Monopolies cannot exist without government force. There is ALWAYS competition without gov't interference. The ONLY monopoly in America today is the U.S.P.S.

9. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

So you're telling me there are other companies that are eager to compete with the USPS to deliver your letter from your house to somebody else's private residence, anywhere from 3 miles to 3000 miles away for $0.45? No matter whether that residence is in a crowded urban area or 50 miles from the nearest town? Not likely. Many of the reasons (but not all) the USPS is in such a financial mess is that they are required by the government to do stuff that NO corporation could do profitably, and neither can the USPS.

15. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

There can't be companies eager to compete because the government won't let them. You don't think UPS or Fedex could possibly want to send mail? I don't pretend to know everything. I don't know if they could do it for .45. In fact I doubt they could do it for .45 because the USPS can't. I agree with you that it is the government's fault for the USPS's financial situation. All I am saying is that monopolies cannot exist without gov't force, which is true, and that the USPS is one.

13. VinoDroid

Posts: 8; Member since: May 24, 2012

Remember Ma Bell? Nuff said.

16. Corpsemaker

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 10, 2010

The only way monopolies can exist is because of government OR because the PEOPLE CHOOSE only ONE business selling a certain product or good. Ma Bell: "For, in part, the privileges AT&T enjoyed as a government-sanctioned monopoly with government-set prices were understood as being offset by this contribution to basic scientific research, an activity with proportionately more direct government funding in most other countries. Put another way, in the United States, the higher consumer prices resulting from monopoly amounted, in effect, to a tax on Americans used to fund basic research. This unusual insinuation of a corporation between the government and its goal of advancing American science goes a long way to explain how AT&T, as it matured, became in effect almost a branch of government, charged with top- secret work in the national interest." from Gizmodo

12. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Bama makes very few smart moves.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

well good.. now we can enjoy navigating the bureaucracy on the go.. just what i always wanted.. lol

4. Osama2332

Posts: 10; Member since: May 04, 2012

well phonearena has already optimized their website fop mobile web.

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

When have they? I go to Phonearena all the time on my phone and it has to load the desktop site.

6. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

m.phonearena.com try that...

10. Tottenham

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

I'd still like to see an app. I know it's not the same as the full site, but in my opinion it's inexcusable for a site dedicated to mobile phones to not have a quick access app.

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Touche.

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