SCOTT SIMON, host:
President-elect Obama made extensive use of technology during the campaign. Now he's taking his tech savvy from the campaign to the transition. This week, his transition Web site, Change.gov, posted a video showing a meeting of what it calls the Energy and Environment Policy Transition Team. It's part of President-elect Obama's pledge for more transparency in government. And here's an excerpt.
(Soundbite of videoed meeting of the Energy and Environment Policy Transition Team)
Ms. CAROL BROWNER (Team Leader, Energy and Environment Policy Transition Team): One of the great things about this transition, and one of the things that's sort of different from prior transitions, is this recognition that you do have to work across lines and that you don't have to just sit in the traditional government stovepipes; that some of the best ideas will be ones that can, you know, move back and forth and...
SIMON: But how transparent can government really be? Can government officials be really candid when they realize there's a camera rolling? Do they really want you to see how the sausage is made? Well, we want your opinion. Go to our blog, npr.org/soapbox. Watch the video. Then answer this question: Is this true-life transparency or show business? The site again, npr.org/soapbox.
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