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Chilling Open Government -- Method One

The OSTP Blog demands full names on the internet. This is a known security risk, and an improper request. The public is not sitting behind federal security guards. Politics is a volatile issue, it is simply unwise to put a genuine name out there. Yes, we could lie, but it weakens our credibility to demand open and honest government when we are compelled to begin with a lie. That is a setup. It isn't an accidental ...more »

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Chilling Open Government -- Method Three

Failure to provide a clear link to discussion from brainstorming.

 

This is a no-brainer. Hide the discussion, perhaps the public won't find it.

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Chilling Open Government -- Method Two

Rather than permitting discussion of what was presented in stage one, limit the conversation in stage two. Obama offer three concepts. Transparency, participation, collaboration. There is no proper foundation for ignoring the dominant issues presented by the people. Do not permit them to sabotage this process. It is our government. Continue to notify the White house that we await a truly open discussion, and an ...more »

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Chilling Open Government -- Method Five

Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on developers, and watch that discussion.

 

There is a screened data dump available for analysis.

 

Screening is a field listing whether your idea is on-topic. This is not a public field.

 

Read further, and you'll see that they do not want anyone to have a full dataset.

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Chilling Open Government -- Method Four

Describe analysis that fails to capture the meaning of brainstorming, that washes it of all true conflict, praise it, and close comments.

 

This is just disgusting. There is very little pretense that this is an open process.

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Where is Participatory? Where is Collaboration?

Who decided that this website was a proper exercise of Obama's memo? It isn't. Like it or not, demanding accountability from government is a proper use of a public forum. The fault lies with NAPA, not those who demand the birth certificate. (I am not one of those) The most minimal effort in design of this website could have saved it. There was no genuine support for the idea behind Obama's memo. The discussion ...more »

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