Here's a small and nerdy measure of the huge change in the executive branch of the US government today. Here's the robots.txt file from whitehouse.gov yesterday: User-agent: *Disallow: /cgi-binDisallow: /searchDisallow: /query.htmlDisallow: /omb/searchDisallow: /omb/query.htmlDisallow: /expectmore/searchDisallow: /expectmore/query.htmlDisallow: /results/searchDisallow: /results/query.htmlDisallow: /earmarks/searchDisallow: /earmarks/query.htmlDisallow: /helpDisallow: /360pics/textDisallow: /911/911day/textDisallow: /911/heroes/text And it goes on like that for almost 2400 lines! Here's the new Obamafied robots.txt file: User-agent: *Disallow: /includes/ The country's new robots.txt file
UK government wants to mash it up “We’re confident that you’ll have more and better ideas than we ever will.” It’s refreshing to hear this from a government. In this case, this language comes from the UK government, or more specifically, its Power of Information taskforce, which is holding a £20,000 competition for the best idea to build services on top of openly available government information.
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