Comment 61170

By JasonAAllen (registered) - website | Posted March 18, 2011 at 14:39:11

Di Ianni's comments demonstrate a clear misunderstanding of how the 2.0 world works. Back when information was controlled by only a small group of people (an information oligarchy), then those people/groups were pretty much free to say whatever they wanted, and spin it to whatever purpose they desired.

Now, as we move towards open data (information democracy) those with access to the information will self regulate - or more precisely regulate one another. And the 'regulation' process, as anyone who has posted inaccurate information here on RTH can attest (guilty as charged), is swift and unforgiving.

When it comes down to the concern about nameless, nefarious groups spinning the data for their own purposes - that is a MUCH greater risk when only a few people have access to that info. With Open Data, @MountainCreature has hit the nail right on the head - Open Data will hold not only the system accountable, but all of the users/presenters of that Data as well.

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