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Cog·i·ta·tion [koj-i-tey'-shun] – noun: Concerted
reflection; meditation; contemplation.
Kirt [kert] – proper noun: RF Cafe webmaster.
Big Brother's Big Brother
Big Brother's Big Brother, that's what MIT graduate
student Ryan McKinley wants his website, Government Information Awareness (www.opengov.us), to be known as. He
created it to put the government legislators and regulators that have a penchant for watching our every move under
the same type of microscope. The website was so popular right after its launch that it had to be shut down
temporarily while the code was rewritten to handle the large load. His database is already impressively large, and
incorporates those of C-SPAN, multiple government websites and telephone books. The site's ultimate success will
be determined by the level of "volunteer" efforts to assist in expanding data resources, writing code and
advertising its existence.