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Public

1. Describing anything available to the population at large. For example, a publicly-traded company may be owned and traded by anyone with the money to buy shares.

2. Describing anything owned or administered by a government. For example, a municipality owns and maintains a public park.
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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's 27-year-old founder and CEO, is expected to enter the ranks of the world's richest people when Facebook goes public. His shares could be worth more than $28 billion.
Otherwise, it would be necessary to model voters' beliefs in the face of competing messages, and the president's decision calculus would need to explicitly include the counterresponse of rivals if the president goes public. Calculations of this kind are central to opinion contest theory.
Once a company goes public, it must maintain ongoing communications with shareholders and the general public.