The hot news among the breaking Internet stories of the e-cycle is that President Barack Obama, who worries about getting trapped inside “the bubble” of the presidency, will be able to keep in touch with the outside world with a hand-held e-mail device.
“The president has a BlackBerry…. through a compromise that allows him to stay in touch with senior staff and a small group of personal friends in a way that use will be limited and the security is enhanced to ensure his ability to communicate, but to do so effectively,” Robert Gibbs, the president’s press secretary, said today, suggesting that Obama’s Berry circle will be restricted to “a limited group of senior staffers and personal friends. It’s a pretty small group of people.
“He believes that it’s a way of keeping in touch with folks, a way of doing it outside of getting stuck in a bubble…
The Atlantic, which first reported this breaking Berry-news online, reports that whatever Obama uses – be it a customized BlackBerry or Berry look-alike — it will be “heavily encrypted” to deter information from winding up in the hands of hackers or others who would want to see harm come to him or to the United States.
Conscious of the fact that the beauty of a Berry’s location lies in the hands of the beholder, the president’s probably will lack that GPS function which enables outsiders to pinpoint the location of the holder. to help locate its important user’s whereabouts.
This stuff makes the Secret Service nervous.
“I worked for the Secret Service back in the 1980s, and we did not allow the protectees to wear pagers because the agents were afraid the pagers could act as location beacons,” MSNBC quotes John Pescatore, an Internet security specialist for Gartner Research, as saying. “Cell phones have the same issue, and something with GPS inside is even a bigger issue. If the device is actually sending out GPS coordinates that would be a definite no-no.”
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder says the service has signed off on a super- encrypted model for Obama, who considers it essential to help him “stay in touch with the flow of everyday life,” as he said recently on n NBC’s Today show!