Connecting the Dots for Democratic Accountability
Semantic Web-Based Information Sharing Policy and the Future of Investigative Journalism
Since 9/11, there has been a revolution in government information sharing technology and policy for national security purposes, such as tracking potential terrorists. It’s now possible for government employees to connect the dots on national security risks across tens of thousands of government agencies at national, state, and local levels of government. If U.S. governments can empower their employees to connect the dots for national security purposes, cannot they empower citizens and journalists to connect the dots to hold elected officials accountable? In other words, does the new information sharing model for national security point the way to a revolution in government transparency and investigative journalism?
A working paper by J.H. Snider,
“Connecting the Dots for Democratic Accountability,” will be released
the day of the event.