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August 7, 2003

Government Information Awareness

Tracking The Real Terrorists

Dave Schilling pointed me to an item in Wired News entitled Government Prying, The Good Kind that reports a new web site created by the MIT Media Lab, designated GIA, that collects and collates information about government programs, plans and politicians from numerous sources. The database is growing rapidly and currently contains information on more than 3,000 public figures. The premise of GIA is that if the government has a right to know personal details about citizens, then citizens have a right* to similar information about the government.

According to Thomas Jefferson, "The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest" -- which shows how much we've learned in two centuries. I can't wait to hear the howls of outrage about "invasion of privacy" that this will cause.

* I was recently taken to task for using this word in an earlier posting, by a reader who pointed out that citizens have rights; government has power. Here, I'm simply quoting what the MIT site says.

 
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