Guns N’ Exposes

TechPresident presents the gun barrel of targeted exposure:

The Guns and Gun Data Debate, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the End of Privacy

Public equals online.

That mantra has been repeated often around here. Public equals online. Make government documents into computer files that programmers can easily parse and synthesize. Take information about government, or held by government, and turn it over so that the people of the Internet can use it to explain the world to the rest of us. In November 2010, when the Sunlight Foundation* decided to make a go at inserting that credo into the midterm elections, this was an uncontroversial request to make: Public should equal online. If it’s already “public record,” put it on the Internet. What’s the difference?

As soon as 2013 began, the Lower Hudson Journal-News offered a reminder. While “public equals online” is uncomplicated where “public record” is concerned, the inverse is also true. Online equals public.

The issue here is public figure versus private citizen.  And journalist versus Internet scraper . . .

Read the rest at Sneak Adtack.

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