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Open Data Now: The Secret to Hot Startups, Smart Investing, Savvy Marketing, and Fast Innovation by Joel Gurin

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Government and Data: Setting the Rules for an Open World

ON MAY 9, 2013, THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE WALL Street Journal gave top coverage to Congressional testimony about the Benghazi terrorist attack. USA Today focused on new developments in the kidnapping and sexual abuse saga in Cleveland. Most of the media continued to cover the Obama administration’s IRS scandal. Except for a short piece in theWashington Post, just about everybody missed one of the most important tech stories of the year—and one that could affect technology, business, and government for decades to come.

On that day, on a trip to a technology center in Austin, Texas, President Obama announced the release of an Executive Order and official Open Data Policy ...

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