Websites turn tables on Government officials

From Stanley Scoop
From: spiker

Annoyed by the prospect of a massive new federal surveillance system,
two researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are celebrating
the Fourth of July with a new Internet service that will let citizens create
dossiers on government officials.

The system will start by offering standard background information on
politicians, but then go one bold step further, by asking Internet users
to submit their own intelligence reports on government officials -- reports
that will be published with no effort to verify their accuracy. "It's sort of
a citizen's intelligence agency," said Chris Csikszentmihalyi, assistant
professor at the MIT Media Lab.

He and graduate student Ryan McKinley created the Government Information
Awareness (GIA) project as a response to the US government's Total
Information Awareness program (TIA).

Government Information Awareness (GIA)
http://opengov.media.mit.edu/

Revealed last year, TIA http://www.darpa.mil/iao/TIASystems.htm seeks to
track possible terrorist activity by analyzing vast amounts of information
stored in government and private databases, such as credit card data. The system
would use this information to analyze the actions of millions of people, in an
effort to spot patterns that could indicate a terrorist threat.

News of the plan outraged civil libertarians and prompted Congress to
set limits on the scope of such activity. The Defense Department then renamed the
program Terrorist Information Awareness, to ease public concern.

But the controversy gave McKinley the idea for the GIA project. "If
total information exists," he said, "really the same effort should be spent to
make the same information at the
leadership level at least as transparent -- in my opinion, more
transparent."

Also see:
The John Poindexter Awareness Office (JPAO)
http://www.breakyourchains.org/jpao.htm
 
And here is the website!
 
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"Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy or perhaps both."
  -
James Madison (Fourth President of the United States)



Mission

To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.

To allow citizens to submit intelligence about government-related issues, while maintaining their anonymity. To allow members of the government a chance to participate in the process.

 

Context

In the United States, there is a widening gap between a citizen's ability to monitor his or her government and the government's ability to monitor a citizen. Average citizens have limited access to important government records, while available information is often illegible. Meanwhile, the government's eagerness and means to oversee a citizen's personal activity is rapidly increasing.

As the government broadens internal surveillance, and collaborates with private institutions to access data on the public, it is crucial that we maintain a symmetry of accountability. If we believe the United States should be a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" it is of central importance to provide citizens with the power to oversee their government. At least as much effort should be spent building tools to facilitate citizens supervising their government as tools to help the government monitor individuals.

 

Technology

The Open Government Information Awareness suite of software tools acts as a framework for US citizens to construct and analyze a comprehensive database on our government. Modeled on recent government programs designed to consolidate information on individuals into massive databases, our system does the opposite, allowing you to scrutinize those in government. Citizens are able to explore data, track events, find patterns, and build risk profiles, all in an effort to encourage and motivate action. We like to think of it as a Citizenís Intelligence Agency, giving people similar tools and technologies to those held by their government.

Central to GIA is its extensible model of data: Everything in its system is either an entity or a link -- a thing or a relationship. This allows the system to grow in any direction, and accommodate as-yet unimagined institutions, organizations, or threats.
More information is available
here.*

 

Getting Started

The best way to get started is simply by clicking around. Try looking for your elected representatives, judges in your area, or even your employer. You'll see some of the types of information available. Check back often, as the system grows quickly.

 


 
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LET'S STOP KIDDING OURSELVES!  9-11 was an Israeli-backed spanking on our
collective American bottom! A Boeing 757 DIDN'T pierce through six walls of the
Pentagon (impossible + no aircraft debris), a late model cruise missile did the job;
the Twin Towers DIDN'T collapse due to heat (impossible), demolition charges
did the job;  there were NO Arab hijackers (the jets were guided electronically);
and the Zionists/Judeo-Christians now in control of the United States are traitors
to the U.S. Constitution... as well as being mass murderers.This has been a Zionist
WAG THE DOG operation from the start, deadly serious for our elected leaders
WHO KNOW WHO'S GUILTY, and an Arabian Nights charade for Mom and Pop
in Littletown, U.S.A.! It's an info war! Forward this to the world!
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