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Monday, February 13, 2017

Tracking U.S. government data removed from the Internet during the Trump administration

Does this make sense?  Data is king.  The more we know, the deeper the knowledge, the more power we have to manage and improve.  Satellite and digital tools have opened up a brave new world.

So, why would a government agency cut access to data?  The rest of the world, at least in our world, is pushing openness and transparency.  Now the US wants to obscure information?  Opens up many questions, concerns and, certainly, skepticism around their intent.

Prior to the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Sunlight joined other transparency advocates in expressing concern about the future of open government data in the United States. We highlighted the ways an administration could alter government data that fell short of outright removal, from defunding collection to limiting access to altering data sets. Taking open government data offline entirely was the most extreme action we anticipated. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s now begun happening. As a result, Sunlight and our open government allies have begun tracking confirmed news reports of the Trump administration removing open government data from the Internet and links to where that data has been archived by civil society in the spreadsheet below.

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