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[liberationtech] Data.gov & 7 Other Sites to Shut Down After Budgets Cut

Steven Clift clift at e-democracy.org
Wed Apr 6 19:08:45 PDT 2011


If the U.S. is seen as soft on open government specifically online efforts
designed for government accountability and transparency, it doesn't exactly
strengthen our calls for similar approaches to bolster democracy and good
governance around the world.
On Apr 4, 2011 6:06 PM, "Terry Winograd" <winograd at cs.stanford.edu> wrote:
>
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/datagov_7_other_sites_to_shut_down_after_budgets_c.php
>
>
> By *Marshall Kirkpatrick*<
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/author/marshall-kirkpatrick.php>/
> March 31, 2011 2:45 PM /
>
>
> Two years ago the incoming Obama administration launched a number of
> ambitious websites<
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/datagov_finally_launches_looks_nice_but_short_on_d.php
>,
> most notably Data.gov <http://data.gov/>, that were dedicated to offering
> public and government data to the outside world. The stated intention was
to
> foster transparency and offer a platform for the development of new
software
> and services. It appears those experiments may be over for now.
>
> Today the Sunlight
> Foundation<
http://sunlightfoundation.com/blog/2011/03/31/budget-technopocalypse-deepens-transparency-sites-will-go-dark-in-a-few-months/
>and
> Federal
> News Radio <http://www.federalnewsradio.com/?nid=35&sid=2327798> reported
> that the public projects Data.gov, USASpending.gov, Apps.gov/now, IT
> Dashboard and paymentaccuracy.gov as well as a number of internal
government
> sites including Performance.gov, FedSpace and many of the efforts related
> the FEDRamp cloud computing cybersecurity effort would be taken offline in
> coming weeks due to budget cuts by Congress. Perhaps things like
electronic
> government, software platforms and public accountability were just fads,
> anyway.
>
> *Update:*. We're hearing from several places that there's a potentially
> viable effort to save these sites and organizations.
> Here<http://bit.ly/i16ldO>is one perspective on that and you can also
> see the Sunlight Foundation's Save
> the Data <http://sunlightfoundation.com/savethedata/> petition. See also
Alex
> Howard's in-depth reporting on this
> news<
http://gov20.govfresh.com/congress-weighs-deep-cuts-to-funding-for-federal-open-government-data-platforms/
>published
> on Friday.
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