In the months leading up to his inauguration, President Barack Obama, like any modern lawyer, refused to give up his BlackBerry, much to the chagrin of aides who stressed that presidential e-mails were a potential legal and security risk. However, the problem was resolved and Mr. Obama will be given a smart phone with enhanced security features.

More than any president of recent memory, technology was a key element to his campaign promises. The new administration has made numerous statements about how technology will make government more transparent and how the country’s infrastructure requires innovation to move into the new century. This emphasis is echoed by commentators, and interest groups such as the Business Software Alliance, which has suggested that information technology and modern advances should be the cornerstone of some of the biggest projects in the coming years, namely, education, health care, the environment and economic stimulus.