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Lessig on the Dems

Lawrence Lessig has an interesting post on the top democratic contenders. It’s refreshing to see an evaluation of the candidates on some of the non-top-tier issue – in this case access, information and privacy policy. As you’ll see, he’s for Obama.

4Barack (Lessig Blog)

Second, on the important: As you’ll read, Obama has committed himself to a technology policy for government that could radically change how government works. The small part of that is simple efficiency — the appointment with broad power of a CTO for the government, making the insanely backwards technology systems of government actually work.
But the big part of this is a commitment to making data about the government (as well as government data) publicly available in standard machine readable formats. The promise isn’t just the naive promise that government websites will work better and reveal more. It is the really powerful promise to feed the data necessary for the Sunlights and the Maplights of the world to make government work better. Atomize (or RSS-ify) government data (votes, contributions, Members of Congress’s calendars) and you enable the rest of us to make clear the economy of influence that is Washington.

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