Likewise, the White House Counsel's office insists the PRA forbids the use of instant messenger software. That needs to change. Quick communication is part of how this administration succeeded in its campaign phase. Again, the problem of archiving traffic to comply with PRA is easily solvable in software. I do not think the PRA needs to be amended to exempt IM traffic. IM clients can pass whole documents (far more easily than the unarchived voice telephone traffic, though routing data IS logged,) so an exemption would turn IM into a back-channel to avoid the archive requirements, which we cannot allow. But the software is easily modified to log everything, and to post a banner reminding users on both ends that your calls are being monitored for quality assurance. It might be useful to amend PRA to note that such traffic should be considered thoughts/works in progress, and should not be assigned the same authority as completed documents. The lawyers think the phone and e-mail are enough. They're wrong. The lawyers need to understand that the law, like software, is a TOOL and needs to evolve over time.
I am amused. The kiddies laugh at David Axelrod because he uses punctuation and complete sentances in IM. I'm not the only one who SPEAKS ENGLISH, MOTHERFUCKER!