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Digital Government? Eh.

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, April 1 2010

Okay, okay. People are doing a good job of proving me wrong about the, well, utter lameness of April Fool's day with some fairly clever gags this year. To wit...


Sunlight Labs has finally given up all that talk about the importance of searchability and interoperability in open government, and embraced the elegant simplicity of the scanned-in PDF document.* There really just is something reassuring, on a civic level, about stray copy machine marks, no? This is what government should look like. When's the last time you saw a spy movie where a dude in a trench coast sidled up to a contact on a park bench and slipped him an XML feed? Ffffffff. It's ink, copy paper, and a manila envelope, kissed by the sweet smell of Xerox. As it should be.

(Background on Sunlight's war on PDFs here.)

*Note: Our Andrew Rasiej and Micah Sifry are senior advisors to the Sunlight Foundation.