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Why I Like Recovery.gov, Recovery.org, and, More Broadly, the Internet

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Post reporter Alec MacGillis is certainly right that Recovery.org is superior to Recovery.gov. But let me put it this way: If all we had was Recovery.gov, then dayenu.

It's easy to forget what a new development it is for government agencies -- or non-profits, or for-profits, or basement obsessives -- to create public web pages full of continually updated data that's presented in sortable, accessible, and even interactive forms. The fact that it's easy enough to do that multiple groups -- both governmental and non-governmental -- can actually compete to do it best borders on the astonishing. It's just a quantum leap from anything the public had access to a decade ago. Recovery.org has data because the Obama White House wants to be transparent. But it's only a genuine force for transparency because technology has made it possible to plug that data into a sophisticated online presentation.

(Graph source: Recovery.Gov.)

By Ezra Klein  |  May 21, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
 
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Is it odd to be avoiding the topic everyone else in the political world is talking about?

Posted by: evietoo | May 21, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

And I like the internet because I can instantly find the meaning and relevance of the word "dayenu"

Posted by: kiriljohnson | May 21, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Evietoo: Which topic?

Posted by: Ezra Klein | May 21, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Let's give credit where credit is due. Recovery.gov is the work of Vivek Kundra, DC's former CTO. He simply replicated and amplified the initiatives he launched at DC. To wit:

The Apps for Democracy Contest: www.appsfordemocracy.org

The online data warehouse: data.dc.gov

The Digital Public Square: dps.dc.gov

Posted by: cbr1 | May 21, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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