Steve Ballmer may not be the Microsoft CEO anymore, but he remains the 22nd richest person in the world. He turned from top-notch technology to the king of sports by becoming the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. He has also kept for himself a pretty stake in Twitter. Another one of his ambitions was recently revealed. He intends to uncover a transparent government for the entire public.
Steve Ballmer Is the First Person Who Invested Heavily in a Transparent Government
To bring his idea to life, Steve Ballmer resorted to an online database that works through responsive charts. The platform can be visited at USAFacts. Even though the information is out there, such a thing was never done before. The database is an aggregation of 70 government sources. The ease with which users can access local, state and federal data is the result of continuous work that lasted for three years. Moreover, Steve Ballmer spared no expense and invested a total of $10 million for this database.
The former Microsoft boss had massive academic help. Ballmer hired a team of researchers from Seattle to aid him. Moreover, he offered a grant to the University of California to collect data. On top of that, he will continue to invest in this project. Each year he will put up to $5 million to keep the database updated.
The Project Is Nonpartisan and It Is Based on Facts Solely
Ballmer is an avid person for facts and numbers. This attribute of his helped him greatly both in professional and personal life. He resents suppositions and doesn’t act until he ran all data in his mind. As a consequence, there’s little surprise that he believes so much in this latest project. Moreover, he doesn’t want to make any political statement on the occasion of the launch of his platform. However, he does appeal to people’s reasoning and asks them to be mindful and be aware of all the fact before forming an opinion.
“I would like citizens to be able to use this to form intelligent opinions. People can disagree about what to do — I’m not going to tell people what to do.”
Ballmer made an official announcement about his USA Facts in November. He took this opportunity as well to describe it as nonpartisan, yet a collection of facts. He disclosed his sources as the White House project and other government sources.
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