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All government computers should run open-source, free software licensed under GPL or similar and use universal, open standards for things like file formats. First, it's more secure and cost effective -- Linux/Unix viruses cannot spread the way those written for Windows do. Second, the software used and developed will be available to everyone for scrutiny, and public input can be given in improving that software. Third, ...more »
How about a government wiki database where all memos and archived documents are posted and searchable, with cross-referenced hyperlinks built in? No more filing paperwork for FOIA, all memos/docs (minus legitimate national security risks) must be included, while all inter-office emails are added at the end of a politician's term (ie, Bush would have had to add everything up to the end of 2004 before starting his second ...more »
All government memoranda made public by FOIA should be free of redaction after five years' time so that we can most honestly assess recent government policies.