Comment 61282

By MountainCreature (registered) | Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:03:13 in reply to Comment 61185

Thanks for the response, Larry. I understand you were not explicitly denouncing Open Data. Please forgive advocates such as myself for not being specific enough in our rationale for supporting the movement. I think that lack of specificity stems from an overall feeling that the benefits of Open Data are plain to see. All one has to do is look at the effects of new-found transparency going on all around the world in the last few months. The notion that citizens can't handle Open Data, or would become confused, is indeed insulting as Laura Babcock pointed out in her response (which was bang-on, by the way). It suggests a ignorance about how web 2.0 really works in conjunction with journalism, but your presence in this forum shows me that you're willing to learn. To help you along, I'll simply clarify my rationale for supporting Open Data:

I support Open Data because I would like to see a city where citizens and media can use the data in a civil way to hold the system and elected officials accountable in regards to lies, fraud, bad policy.

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