I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know they were actually going backwards:
The federal government is losing the battle to
organize data and make it accessible. In fact, according to one expert,
agencies are moving backward in regard to technology and delivering
The obvious problem of course is that the volume and type of information being made available is growing at a fantastic rate, not shrinking, so we’re not merely shooting ourselves in the foot, we’re shooting the hand that is shooting the foot too.
Of course the government’s approach is always to build something bigger
and badder and more expensive, while out where people pay good money to
get answers, the trend is to get slimmer and lighter (and probably
built on software that is free). The solutions aren’t that easy, but
they are that simple.
What this means in the long run is that our next intelligence failure may not be the result of having too little information on a subject, but having too much information and no way to find it.