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US President Barack Obama has issued an Executive Order, decreeing that “Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, …

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Executive orders are policy of all executive branch agencies

This is not some Congressional "Sonny Bono day" suggestive recognition. This is The Boss telling his crew that this is how we do business. Likewise the whole prior pubic access to research thing. Good stuff this.

I'm torn about this. On one hand the Prez is dishing the open digital bits, on the other he's appointing people to head Justice and the FDC directly from Hollywood and the BSA. It's like he's Schizo or something. The left hand is not cooperating with the right hand.

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Re: Executive orders are policy of all executive branch agencies

"It's like he's Schizo or something".

Or a skilful and shameless practitioner of the Big Lie.

"The great masses of the people in the very bottom of their hearts tend to be corrupted rather than consciously and purposely evil ... therefore, in view of the primitive simplicity of their minds, they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one, since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed of lies that were too big".

- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf (Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1971; original version 1925), Vol. 1, chapter 10, p.231

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The CCC has been saying this since the 1980s

Only there they called it "Maschinenlesbare Regierung".

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Re: Eadon has been saying this since 1999

Well, hell.

I agreed with Eadon -> hell has officially frozen over. Might as well format all my machines for Linux now...

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Re: Executive orders are policy of all executive branch agencies

The thing is, federal law already in place states that the products of the US government (with a few exceptions) are supposed to be in the public domain. Seems this Executive Order is simply applying this law and specifying how this publicly-available information should be distributed.

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Re: Eadon has been saying this since 1999

Eadon, you are spot on.

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Right

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2012/08/04/the-washington-post-on-the-most-transparent-administration-ever/

The Washington Post has published an article on an analysis of annual reports from government agencies the Post did, which is further proof—despite President Barack Obama’s promise of unprecedented transparency in government—he has presided over a government that in some ways is more secretive than ever before.

Sure, random press releases, binder-thick bureaucratese (job-destroying!) as well as detailed reports on politicking will be "machine-readable". That helps no-one.

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Re: Riiiiiiiiiiiight

'transparent'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/telephone-calls-recorded-fbi-boston

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U-turn?

"Obama orders gov data must be 'open and machine-readable'..."

Isn't that what Bradley Manning and Julian Assange got into trouble for?

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Re: U-turn?

"It's not illegal when the President does it."

- Richard M. Nixon

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