How Important is Government Transparency? Help #SaveTheData
For most American's, government transparency has been a long time coming. Is it a reality? Ummmm, not yet but I think we have come a long way and I don't want to loose what we've got! Less than 3 years ago, on the second day of Barak Obama's presidency, several executive orders were drafted and signed that promoted open data. As initially predicted and later proven, the eGoverment portal led to both increased government transparency and individual accountability. The media, non-profit foundations, businesses, and people around the world have enjoyed access to accurate data. We have truly embraced it, clearly proven by the fact that we have downloaded data more than 10 million times. The non-profit Sunlight Foundation has been a great advocate of open government data. As of tuesday, the letter to Congress that was drafted has been signed by over 6,000 people and growing every minute. But, tomorrow this could change. The short-term budget voted in last friday that prevented a government shut-down expires tomorrow! Tomorrow April 15th at midnight and immediate action is needed! The Senators are listening. Really listening. What's on the table? Budget cuts of up to 75% of the current e-government funding are on the line. Do you have a minute? Then tweet or post the link http://sunlight foundation.com/savethedata . Copy and paste this URL right now, ok? I'll wait ... Some have written blog posts. Others have tweeted, posted links on Facebook and written personal letters to Congress. What can we do both individually and collectively? Support and participate in this campaign and increase awareness of tomorrow's vote. Ask friends, family and social communities to post, like, and comment on this topic or this post. If you need more convincing I urge you to checkout the websites data.gov, USASpending.gov and the IT Dashboard. See for yourself if this information is meaningful! If you agree, share, stumble, and bookmark this post. We've made the difference before and we will make the difference again. Let's hold on to what we've got. I'm very interested in your opinion. Are you going to take action? What are you willing to do? How important do you feel this issue is? Do you feel decreased funding could effect scholarly research? Your ability to double-check statements and sources reported in the media during the 2012 presidential campaign? If you need more convincing I urge you to checkout the websites data.gov, USASpending.gov and the IT Dashboard. See for yourself if this information is meaningful! If you agree, share, stumble, and bookmark this post. We've made the difference before and we will make the difference again. Let's hold on to what we've got.