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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-bin Disallow: /search Disallow: /query.html Disallow: /omb/search Disallow: /omb/query.html Disallow: /expectmore/search Disallow: /expectmore/query.html Disallow: /results/search Disallow: /results/query.html Disallow: /earmarks/search Disallow: /earmarks/query.html Disallow: /help Disallow: /360pics/text Disallow: /911/911day/text Disallow: /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/
“ 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. Ideas are flowing in at a good clip – witness this word cloud of the 150 ideas submitted in the first week of the competition.