Oh man, my worlds are colliding. Dylan Byers writes in Politico, asking why the White House didn’t choose to use WordPress for building HealthCare.gov. Byers notes that some of the states did, and highlights the benefits of WordPress’ (and other CMSs) open-source nature. Byers also interviewed Peter Slutsky, of WordPress.com’s VIP services, on the matter.
This is a great, great alarm bell that politicians and bureaucrats may actually see and (if we’re lucky) think about next time a huge government web project comes up.
PS: if you want to be in the know about WordPress, government, and open source, start by following Ben Balter. Also follow Joshua Benton, Andrew Nacin, and Yuri Victor to fill out your repertoire of colliding worlds of politics and code.