These original Kirt's Cogitations™
may be reproduced (no more than 5, please) provided proper credit is given to me, Kirt
– noun: Concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
Big Brother's Big Brother
Big Brother, that's what MIT graduate student Ryan McKinley wants his
website, Government Information Awareness (www.opengov.us), to be known
as. He created it to put the government legislators and regulators that
have a penchant for watching our every move under the same type of microscope.
The website was so popular right after its launch that it had to be
shut down temporarily while the code was rewritten to handle the large
load. His database is already impressively large, and incorporates those
of C-SPAN, multiple government websites and telephone books. The site's
ultimate success will be determined by the level of "volunteer" efforts
to assist in expanding data resources, writing code and advertising