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FC: John Young the information architect

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He Digs 'Through' Gov't Muck by Declan McCullagh (

12:30 p.m. 1.Oct.99.PDT Ask John Young what puts a grin on his face and he'll give you a ready response: Unearthing government documents, the more obscure the better.

Over the last three years, Young has compiled what is probably the world's most extensive public collection of over 4,000 files about privacy and technology, often related to encryption and free speech, and always of interest to the thousands of visitors who frequent every day.

Young, an accomplished 63-year-old New York City architect who has taught at Columbia University, views his Web site both as a service to the Internet public and an experiment in information design and collection.

When Young phones government agencies to ask them for electronic copies of documents for his collection, to submit freedom of information act requests, or to pore through the labyrinthine Federal Register each morning (on Tuesday he found the FCC's new wiretapping rules), he's acting just like a journalist. But he doesn't consider himself one.


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