Perhaps with Syria, sequesters, gun control, immigration, and a $15bn trillion dollar economy to grow, thinking about "big data" is considered light relief in the Oval Office (heavens!) but the President's decision to issue an executive order stating that all government information should be freely accessible in "machine readable" form is nonetheless a pretty interesting, significant, and far-sighted decision. By stating that government data should roam free and find other interesting data to collide with BO is potentially setting off a series of data meeting data chain reactions that will have profound and unforecastable consequences (most good we trust but some more so-so undoubtedly in reality). You may have seen or heard us beginning to talk in recent months about "Code Halos" (trademarked btw) riffing on the idea that new seams of value are being mined by those that see that information and data are the new primo assets. The President's move - apart from suggesting that he's seen an advance copy of our forth coming book/app around these ideas (!); maybe the NSA's Code Halo has been colliding with ours? - suggest there are some smart folks in the OO who can see that when not trying to win the next 24 minute new cycle thinking about where the real pucks are going will do more for everyone's long term legacy than just about anything else. Keep an eye on this development; it might even be a plotline when Netflix decide to recommisson a new series of The West Wing.