The social security number has become the de-facto universal identifier which it was not originally meant to be. This has caused all kinds of privacy and security problems as SSNs are used for all kinds of unintended purposes. Perhaps its too late to "close the barn door", but by exposing aggregated, anonymized Identify Theft data, if anything, the practice can be discouraged and perhaps, it can be a resource used ...more »
Right now, there is a burgeoning civic tech community that's taking advantage of the open data phenomenon to build new civic businesses and biz models.
The SSA can more readily tap this energy by using standards-based platform like Socrata or CKAN rather than building its own customized data portal.
By publishing wait times as Open Data, the SSA can immediately increase customer satisfaction with this one innovation similar to what has been done by Connecticut DMV https://www.dmvselfservice.ct.gov/NemoService.aspx. It also allows the SSA to tap the energy of the Civic Tech community to build innovative solutions by commingling this specific Open Data with other datasets (e.g. mixing it with public transport/traffic ...more »