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"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
- Jerry Pournelle

Government Data Transparency  
  The idea that all of the information available to the government should be posted online and be easily accessible to everyone.  

Nickie Haflinger can write a mean tapeworm; he finally creates one that automatically grabs all of the information held by the government and posts it online (and even prints it out on labels).

AN ALARMING ITEM TO FIND ON A PACK OF
"HONEST TO GOODNESS" BEEF STEW

Despite being advertised as domestic, this stew contains from 15 to 35 percent imported meat originating in areas where typhus, brucellosis and trichinosomiasis are endemic. Authority to label the contents as domestic produce was obtained following the expenditure of appx. $215,000 in bribes to customs and public-health inspectors. This is a cybernetic datum derived from records not intended for publication.

 

AN ALARMING ITEM TO FIND ON
YOUR OVERDUE-TAX DEMAND

For the information of the person required to pay this tax:
Analysis of last year's federal budget shows that:
***17% of your tax dollar went on boondoggles
***13% on propaganda, bribes and kickbacks
***11% on federal contracts with companies which are a) fronting for criminal activities and/or b) partly or wholly owned by persons subject to indictment for federal offences and/or c) hazardous to health and the environment. Fuller details may be obtained by punching the code number at top left of this form into any veephone. They take about 57 minutes to present.

From The Shockwave Rider, by John Brunner.
Published by Harper and Row in 1975
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