> These people put themself in the
> public eye and knew the information was public.
That's exactly how I see things too.
Josh's initial scepticism is very healthy. Discussion
about these issues is critical and should be
encouraged. I don't want to be the person putting
innocent citizens personal data online either. On the
other hand, anonymity in the political process opens
it up to abuse. Translucency is always the best policy
IMO. I think we need to rise above the political games
and do what is right. Is it right to publish a
contributors home address/telephone (in the case of
FEC records)? Maybe not, but I think it *is* fair to
publish the fact that the contribution occured (and
some other details like names, amounts, districts,
As far as privacy advocates/watchdog groups goes... I
agree, we are in our infancy and it would unwise to
put too much data out pushing the privacy issue to the
forefront. In the case of FEC contributors we might
want to tread lightly for a bit.
> Scott's efforts to make it more readily accessible
I should note that Josh (govtrack.us) and Scott Lay
(aroundthecapitol.com) both have already made many
more contributions to this cause than me. I'm just
hoping to catch up to them.
> They are inspiring me to work for easier access
This is great news! I think working within the system
is necessary until we reach a critical mass.
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