Political Search for Watch Dogging- Government Information Awareness

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Happy July 4th!

Researchers at MIT Media Labs have just unveiled the GIA, Government Information Awareness. It seems to be a “google-esque” way of keeping an open tab on the government. And its about time!

Apparently the GIA got its mentorship from the “Terrorism Information Awareness” information solution used to keep track on shadey email and Internet goings on.

The GIA, gives Americans the chance to keep tabs on their elected officials and appointees appointed by a Supreme Court appointed President.

Open Government Information Awareness FAQ

Wired News: Government Prying, the Good Kind

From the news wires:

On Friday, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab plans to debut a Web site called “Government Information Awareness,” that aspires to be far more than just another, dime-a-dozen assemblage of government documents and resources.

Instead, GIA hopes to create a self-sustaining community where, as occurs with popular Web sites eBay and Google, the users keep it running and credible.

Its creators at Media Lab – a research center whose eclectic projects bridge technology, the arts and media – view the project as a way to pool the wisdom of government watchdogs and counter new government technologies that are consolidating information about citizens.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Chris Allred

    This is a noble step, but it’s just the beginning. The amount of lies and corruption in American politics today is at an all time high (either that or they’re just not doing as good of a job hiding it). The need for websites and other forms of media like this is essential for the “health” of American society. I think we should take more steps as Americans to keep our government HONEST. Without more checks and balances, like the G.I.A., our country’s politicians and business elite will continue to treat this great country of ours like their own private “monopoly game”.

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