This is the most depressing article I have read in months. Daniel Cornwall at Free Government Information pointed it out. He says:
The folks at the Center for Democracy and Technology and OMBWatch have documented how someone relying on a
commercial search engine misses *a lot* of government information. Some examples in the report are:
+ A search for “New York radiation” does not find basic FEMA and DHS information about current conditions and monitoring.
+ A search to help grandparents with a question about visitation of their grandchildren in any search engine does not turn up an article of the same title
located on the Web site of the Administration for Children & Families.
+ A search for “small farm loans” turns up the commercial offers for loans, and statistics about government loans, but not most of the major federal government programs designed to help fund small farms.
The authors of the report say that while usa.gov helps searchers who find it avoid a lot of commerical materials, usa.gov often can't find the hidden content either because the underlying database is from a commercial search engine that has a hard time indexing a good amount of federal content.
Presidents and umbrellas
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