Public data needs to be open and protected, and should be treated as part of our critical national infrastructure
Human societies change when resources become either plentiful or scarce. The agrarian revolution saw food become available at a scale and with a reliability never seen before. The industrial revolution saw manufactured goods become available at levels and at costs not previously seen.
We are now in the midst of a data revolution. Data is following the same path as food and manufactured goods before it.
However, data is not like food or manufactured goods. Those resources are rivalrous – if you consume them or buy them they are no longer available to anyone else. One of the greatest challenges of the modern world is how to distribute resources equitably and to use them sustainably.
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