If knowledge is power, and power corrupts, does absolute knowledge corrupt absolutely?

That's the sort of thing I find myself wondering in light of two of our front page stories this month. Both have to do with data, and both underscore data's dual nature. Like somebody once said about rifles, Data don't harm people; people do."

On the one hand, the Schools and Libraries Division (SLD) of the Universal Service Administrative Co., the outfit that administers the eRate, has unveiled a powerful new tool. You can use it to research


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