Putting government research online

by Andy Oram

Related link: http://www.pogo.org/p/government/ga-030202-crs.html

Senators John McCain and Patrick Leahy are trying to get taxpayer-funded research online so it's available to researchers in a wide variety of fields. This is a welcome move (and long overdue--they first tried to get the bill passed two years ago), particularly in an era when we're being told any snippet of public information is a boon to terrorists, agencies are pulling down web pages, and Attorney General Ashcroft tells law enforcement to fight the Freedom of Information Act. (I found out about this initiative in a posting from the Center For Democracy and Technology.)