Re: [govtrack] RE: Local/State Gov
- directaction wrote:
> I'm glad I found this site and am intrigued by the intent of theHello, and thanks!
> originators. Congratulations to this fine organization and its'
> recent award.
I'm not sure how much intrigue there could be about GovTrack, unless you
think I might have some ulterior profit motives. My intent was to
create what you see now on the site. That's basically it.
> I hope that your organization can make good use of the currentThat's the general idea.
> opportunity to protect and enhance the citizen.
> Your group can go one of three ways: your proposal, which looks to beNot sure what proposal you're refering to. If you mean the 'long-term
> headed in a generally good direction;
mission' box on the main page of the site, it's a good direction, yeah...
> or you could go in the direction of profiting from what I think is anWell, that's not my intention. That will become clearer in the next few
> enormous amount of power and influence by closing off access to any
> real information
months as I work on open standards for sharing information.
> I've managed campaigns all over the country, and for more than 25 yearsI'm sure people will appreciate that.
> now, and will gladly help anyone with any information they need and
> which I might know something about.
> Open access to all data which government compiles and/or manages is aThat type of information is far beyond the scope of this mail list. All
> hot debate being openly conducted ...
> and suddenly find that we gave away all kinds of data which is NO
> ONE's business just because we thought we were doing the right thing
we're concerned about here is legislative records that are already a
matter of public record and, for the most part, already accessible on
> I suggest that you start with a review and analysis of all thoseWell, as if I have time to do a careful review and analysis of anything. :)
> individuals and groups who for so long have been doing or attempting
> to do what you now propose
> And let's all of us also identify the people and groups who are orI can't disagree more. I have absolutely no concerns about whether
> likely will be MISUSING that same opportunity.
people might misuse the data I publish. Given the type of information
that I'm dealing with, there's simply no harm, without deliberate
misuse, in publishing the truth. And, the same for the other types of
information we've been talking about on this list.
> If I can answer any questions or add anything of use to someone, ILast time I checked, we've got a right to all of the information that
> will be glad to help. Let's keep it open and only keep what we have
> a right to possess.
we've ever talked about here. One might say more than a right to
possess it, a duty to publish it.
- Joshua Tauberer
** Nothing Unreal Exists **