[@OKFNau] Examples of Use of Commercial Government Data

Tennessee Leeuwenburg tleeuwenburg at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 06:40:08 UTC 2015

Hi Lachlan,

In my frustrated moments, I think that about the whole world, not just
government :). I think it's amazing when anyone manages to find a way to be
successful through openness, and it's the way of the future. If only we
could get there :)

You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one...


On 16 March 2015 at 15:02, Lachlan Musicman <datakid at gmail.com> wrote:

> I deserve that rebuke and I think Pia makes a good point. But it's
> also true that from *outside* government, it can be hard to be
> anything but cynical, and I am not often seeing that change of
> attitude that you claim - as someone bubbling with impatience on the
> outside, I see feet draggers and excuse makers. I think that different
> levels of government (Fed, State, Local) probably have different
> opinions and different levels of commitment as well. I know I should
> be differentiating between them, but in reality, I just see a wall of
> Government.
> Good to see the discussion take off ;)
> Cheers
> L.
> ------
> The totalitarian society envisioned by George Orwell in 1984 should
> have arrived by now. The electronic gadgets are here. The government
> is here, ready to do what Orwell anticipated. So the power exists, the
> motive, and the electronic hardware. But these mean nothing, because,
> progressively more and more so, no one is listening. The new youth
> that I see is too stupid to read, too restless and bored to watch, too
> preoccupied to remember. The collective voice of the authorities is
> wasted on him; he rebels. But rebels not out of theoretical,
> ideological considerations, only out of what might be called pure
> selfishness. Plus a careless lack of regard for the dread consequences
> the authorities promise him if he fails to obey. He cannot be bribed
> because what he wants he can build, steal, or in some curious,
> intricate way acquire for himself. He cannot be intimidated because on
> the streets and in his home he has seen and participated in so much
> violence that it fails to cow him. He merely gets out of its way when
> it threatens, or, if he can't escape, he fights back. When the locked
> police van comes to carry him off to the concentration camp the guards
> will discover that while loading the van they have failed to note that
> another equally hopeless juvenile has slashed the tires. The van is
> out of commission. And while the tires are being replaced, the other
> youth siphons out all the gas from the gas tank for his souped-up
> Chevrolet Impala and has sped off long ago.
> ----
> The Android and the Human, Philip K. Dick
> sourced from
> http://boingboing.net/2015/03/10/philip-k-dicks-androids-blu.html
> On 15 March 2015 at 11:22, Pia Waugh <pia.waugh at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Just a quick one:
> >
> > On Fri, Mar 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM, Lachlan Musicman <datakid at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Government officials. I cannot express how grateful I am that there are
> >> people in this organisation who can talk pretty because I just want to
> break
> >> their kneecaps and push them into puddles with a sneer.
> >
> >
> > It'd be really cool if people could remember that "government officials"
> are
> > not a faceless enemy. There are a lot of us working in government to
> improve
> > things, and comments like this certainly don't help. If you make it a
> > "you're either with us or agin us" then you make it very hard to
> > collaborate, educate or change the status quo. Personally I'm finding
> > attitudes are changing within Australian governments (fed,
> state/territory
> > and local) quite rapidly and I'm cautiously optimistic things will
> continue
> > to get better. Meanwhile, I guess we'll start issuing knee protectors as
> > standard issue across the public service ;)
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Pia
> >
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Tennessee Leeuwenburg
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