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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...

Credit: SunlightLabs.com

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.

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