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Storify: Nextgov's 2014 State of the Union Tweets

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By Caitlin Fairchild and Ross Gianfortune January 28, 2014

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The White House touted the 2014 State of the Union as the "most social" such speech in history. Obama referenced tech startups early in his remarks and touted cybersecurity by saying that the U.S. continues to "combat new threats like cyberattacks."

Obama also referenced the NSA program, albeit subtly, in saying that he is interested in using surveillance in the most effective way while not violating privacy.

I will reform our surveillance programs – because the vital work of our intelligence community depends on public confidence, here and abroad, that the privacy of ordinary people is not being violated.

During the speech, Nextgov staff members were livetweeting the speech. Read our live coverage below.

Caitlin Fairchild

Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

Ross Gianfortune

Prior to joining Government Executive’s staff, Ross Gianfortune worked at The Washington Post, The Gazette Newspapers, WXRT Radio and The Columbia Missourian. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from University of Missouri and a master's in communications from the American University.


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