Open source presidency

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On day one, already a great sign about the ‘open source presidency’:

ExecutiveOrder – PresidentialRecords

It is very encouraging to me to see that Obama is willing to share and disclose particular presidential records. The government may need to maintain certain levels of security and privacy, and I am confident that it will do so, but there should also be a commitment to public disclosure. The people do have a right to understand the makings of their government and the implications of particular policies. With the revoking of Executive Order 13233, I hope that a new breed of journalists and bloggers and writers and economists and legal experts pick up on the available materials and help us, the lay-people, interpret the motions, orders, and policies.

I’m looking forward to this with excitement.

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