The man who reportedly prodded the SEC into allowing free access to corporate filings has set his sights on PACER. According to WIRED
, Carl Malamud, who runs the nonprofit open-government group Public.Resource.Org, is "asking lawyers to donate their PACER documents
one by one, which he then classifies and bundles into ZIP files published for free
at his organization's website. The one-year-old effort has garnered him 20 percent of all the files on PACER, including all decisions from federal appeals courts over the last 50 years."
According to WIRED, PACER is "an absurdity in the era of Google, blogs and Wikipedia, where information is free and bandwidth, disk space and processing power are nearly so."