The Feds' Response to the Recession: Control Information

As someone who loves data, I can't stand it when I see headlines like this. According to Computerworld, the Federal government is shutting down access to a free site, Economic Indicators, that aggregates individual economic reports on the state of the economy. What's the rationale for pulling the plug at the end of February? "Budget constraints." Hmmm. I would not be the first commentator to suggest that the timing of this feels all rather circumspect -- or ironic considering our President's free spending ways. What about hiring a few interns to keep the data current, or as Techdirt suggests, turning it into a community managed Wiki? Clearly, something else is at play here, which brings to mind a famous George Orwell quote: "Whoever controls the image and information of the past determines what and how future generations will think; whoever controls the information and images of the present determines how those same people will view the past."

-Jason Busch

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