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Will you read the Open Government memo on an iPad?

Adobe has been lauded and criticized for its role in enabling open government. So declares Adobe Director of Government Solutions, Rob Pinkerton.

He is of course referring to volume of government information which remains difficult to discover wrapped inside Adobe’s ubiquitous Portable Document Format.

Adobe is taking pains to address that. “If you don’t believe me,” he writes in a blog posted this week on the web site, Govfresh.com, “look to our current collaboration on Design for America with the Sunlight Foundation and PDF best practices forum on GovLoop as evidence of this commitment.”

But the real purpose of his blog is to challenge the decision makers at Apple for making decisions that limit or, worse, “close down” the openness of the Internet. That, he concludes, is exactly what the iPad and iPhone strategy does.

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“Will you read the Open Government Memo on an iPad?” he asks. “Of course you can, but if you do I hope you will recognize the irony in doing so.”

Pinkerton acknowledges his view is colored, in part because Apple has decided not to support Adobe’s Flash software, the engine that drives online video, audio and animations oN the Internet.

Still, he makes the case that Apple’s approach represents a curious contradiction to the principals of open government — and specifically the pillars of transparency, participation and collaboration that the Obama Administration has been championing.

Posted by Wyatt Kash on Apr 23, 2010 at 9:39 AM


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