The Obama administration has reportedly tapped a Google business development executive as its director of Citizen Participation, according to a Wall Street Journal blog.
Katie Jacobs Stanton, who was involved in Google's elections projects, is expected to start in March. While the specifics of her new role were unclear, Stanton likely will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of Web tools, such as Google's Moderator, that will let citizens participate more interactively with the Obama White House, the Journal's, All Things Digital site said.
Stanton's LinkedIn profile described her as a principal, new business development, at Google currently working on the implementation of Google's OpenSocial technology. OpenSocial was launched last November and is designed to help developers build social applications that can run on multiple sites.
Stanton was also co-founder of the elections team at Google that was involved in a number of elections-related projects, including creating maps to help voters find polling stations and interactive maps for tracking results.
A Google spokesman today declined to comment on Stanton's reported new job.
President Obama's reported tapping of a Google executive to lead efforts to make the White House more accessible to citizens via the Internet is not surprising. Google CEO Eric Schmidt has advised the president on economic policy and was at one point expected to be appointed his chief technology officer.