Internet empowerment

Good op-ed in today’s USA Today“Internet empowerment,” by Ellen S. Miller (co-founder of Sunlight Foundation).

Faith in government is rooted in transparency, and online resources are giving citizens an indispensible weapon in the arsenal of democracy.

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To take advantage of the full power of the Internet, there are some simple things every agency should do. All data should be made available in formats that are open, searchable and “mashable.” That way, creative programmers can more easily create new ways of looking at things. For example, the EarmarkWatch.org map shows thousands of earmarks in the fiscal 2008 defense-appropriations bill layered over a map of the country.

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