In the spring of 2008, a team at Princeton wrote a paper called Government Data and the Invisible Hand. Harlan Yu, one of the authors of the paper, will explain its argument that “The new administration should specify that the federal government’s primary objective as an online publisher is to provide data that is easy for others to reuse, rather than to help citizens use the data in one particular way or another.” This is a major shift in emphasis, and central to the understanding of Government as a Platform.
Harlan Yu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Computer Science Department and the Center for Information Technology Policy at Princeton University. His primary research interests include computer security, privacy and open government. He is a co-author of “Government Data and the Invisible Hand” published in 2008 by the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, and is one of the creators of RECAP, a tool that helps the public liberate federal court documents from PACER. In 2009, he and his colleagues developed FedThread.org, a new collaborative interface to the Federal Register. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS) from UC Berkeley in 2004 and his M.A. in Computer Science from Princeton in 2006.
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