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ConsumersUnion campaigns against robocalls

“…last year the FTC still received over 3 million complaints about unwanted calls. The problem? Some legitimate companies still aren’t respecting the Do Not Call list. And many of the unwanted calls are from scammers or non-legit companies, who don’t care if they violate the law. Many operate overseas, making prosecution even tougher. So far, the FTC has collected less than 9 percent of the $1.2 billion in fines for violating the Do Not Call list. Sadly, it’s getting easier for scammers to trick you into answering the phone. New technology makes it easy to “spoof” a phone number, so that a scammer can show up on your caller ID as an apparently legitimate number. Robocalls can be quickly set up, and illegal scammers find it easy to avoid detection.”

How Is the Federal Government Using the Internet of Things?

How Is the Federal Government Using the Internet of Things? By Daniel Castro, Joshua New & Alan McQuinn. July 25, 2016: “The Internet of Things (IoT)—a term used to describe the set of physical objects embedded with sensors or actuators and connected to a network—offers numerous opportunities for the federal government to cut costs and… Continue Reading

National Privacy Research Strategy outlines US privacy research agenda

Via FTC:  “The White House recently released the first ever United States “National Privacy Research Strategy,” which identifies priorities for privacy research funded by the Federal government. While focused on government, the strategy is also intended to spur similar private sector efforts. I participated in the working group that developed the strategy and am excited… Continue Reading

LC target of DNS attack and a commentary on LC and digitization challenges, July 18, 2016: “The Library of Congress was the target of a denial-of-service attack that has knocked out and the U.S. Copyright Office website, and caused outages at other sites hosted by the library. Library spokesperson Gayle Osterberg told FCW that the DNS attack was launched July 17 and continues to affect library… Continue Reading

National Transportation Atlas Database

“The National Transportation Atlas Database is a set of nationwide geographic databases of transportation facilities, transportation networks, and associated infrastructure. These datasets include spatial information for transportation modal networks and intermodal terminals, as well as the related attribute information for these features. Metadata documentation, as prescribed by the Federal Geographic Data Committee, is also provided… Continue Reading

The US Customer Experience Index, 2016

NextGov: “For the federal government, there was really nowhere to go but up in the latest Customer Experience Index released by Forrester Research. Yet, despite a better score this time around, the government still finished dead last – as it did last year – among 21 industries assessed by Forrester.” Forrester Blog: The US Customer Experience Index… Continue Reading

USAGov Contact Center Connects You to Answers from Your Government

“It can be overwhelming to search for dependable information about government services and benefits. USAGov is your starting point–the official federal program that guides you to the information you need from across government. Browse or search for the agencies and programs you need on or its Spanish language counterpart, If you’d rather talk… Continue Reading

Postal big data: Global flows as proxy indicators for national wellbeing

Via Data Driven Journalism: ” A new project has developed an innovative means to approximate socioeconomic indicators by analyzing the network of international postal flows. The project used 14 million aggregated electronic postal records from 187 countries collected by the Universal Postal Union over a four-year period (2010-2014) to create an international network showing the… Continue Reading

NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect Availability of Critical Weather Data

Polar Satellites: NOAA Faces Challenges and Uncertainties that Could Affect the Availability of Critical Weather Data, GAO-16-773T: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 2016. “Polar-orbiting satellites provide data that are essential to support weather observations and forecasts. NOAA is preparing to launch the second satellite in the JPSS program in March 2017, but… Continue Reading

Motherboard – Terrorism Database Used by Governments and Banks Leaked Online

“…Thomson Reuters’ database, called World-Check, is used by over 300 government and intelligence agencies, as well as 49 of the world’s top 50 banks, according to a company fact sheet. World-Check is designed to give insight into financial crime and the people potentially behind it “We monitor over 530 sanction, watch, and regulatory law and… Continue Reading

Cryptologic Library Catalogue Published

“The National Cryptologic Museum, located adjacent to the National Security Agency at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, has a reference library containing a collection of unclassified and declassified books and documents relating to every aspect of cryptology. The Museum Library has helpfully published its catalogue online upon request: CryptoLibraryCatalogue The home page for the National… Continue Reading

FTC Guidance – Online Tracking

FTC – Online Tracking: “Have you ever wondered why some online ads you see are targeted to your tastes and interests? Or how websites remember your preferences from visit-to-visit or device-to-device? The answer may be in the “cookies” – or in other online tracking methods like device fingerprinting and cross-device tracking. Here are answers to… Continue Reading