The People’s Choice: Distrust | The Wall Street Journal

Government has to work better, meaning that it needs to modernize and become more useful in our everyday lives. This is what President Obama was getting at in his recent speech. He noted, for example, that the federal government possesses a trove of big data—a commodity increasingly important to businesses, researchers and academics. So it is starting to open up that data to the public online at data.gov, which in turn has spawned companies formed to put the data to use.