Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Hey There! RITreasury is Using Twitter! | John Paczkowski | Digital Daily | AllThingsD

Seems rather silly doesn’t it?

Why not something unambiguously parsable like an XML string?

What if they later decide to add a third number to the data, and all the old entries won’t be compatible?

Why not a shared Google spreadsheet?

I’m all for government transparency, and we have far too little of it these days.

But grand summaries are too subject to politicking. I’d rather see raw numbers. Let us see where every penny is spent, and let media and citizens do their own aggregating.

Obama promised to use a scalpel to cut government waste. He, and the media, seem to have forgotten about that, preferring instead to do surgery on GM.

Maybe some states can set an example of how it can be done. Give citizens enough information about HOW the money is being spent and I’m quite sure the scalpels will materialize.

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