I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit lately.
I consider all my web searches, this post – and generally anything that’s not email or an instant messsage – public.
Now, I’m cool with 1 million random results from the index being handed over to the government under one single condition – anyone, anyone at all, a PhD candidate, a 6th grader, a homeless political candidate – request and receive the same information.
Yes. In the same way I feel all the security cameras on Nicollet Avenue should be accessible via a web browser by the general public – any of you should be able to request the same information. Outside of quantity – I’m not sure how this is different than Google’s Zeitgeist.
Actually, the fact we don’t have easy access to this information seems like a public disservice.