David Stephenson writes a great piece arguing for freeing government data:
I suspect my presentation today will be the first time many of you have heard of â€œtransparent government.â€ It is an exciting new way of treating government data that will blossom as Web 2.0 apps, and what I call the Web 2.0 ethos of cooperation, become commonplace.Among other benefits, transparent government can:
* build public confidence in government
* improve the quality of public debate
* improve delivery of government services
and may even reduce the cost of those services.
(via jon udell)