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VA launches a new incomplete site open for viewing as developed – “This site is a work in progress. We’re designing in the open. If you don’t find what you need, visit” See also 9 reasons why is the future of federal government websites

Pew – Apps Permissions in Google Play Store

“Analysis of over 1 million apps in Google’s Android operating system in 2014 shows apps can seek 235 different kinds of permissions from smartphone users. The average app asks for five permissions.” “The findings in this study pertain specifically to apps running on the Android operating system. Pew Research Center examined the Android platform becauseContinue Reading

Cell Phone Location Tracking Laws By State

ACLU: “Location records can reveal an enormous of information about a person, especially with the proliferation of smartphones that constantly track our whereabouts. Because privacy laws haven’t kept up with advances in technology, police have long claimed the authority to access this information from cell phone companies without warrants. That’s changing. While Congress and theContinue Reading

Treasury Launches

“Instead of building the future and getting feedback from users after the launch, Treasury took the innovative approach of launching in November 2015 to gather your recommendations and suggestions on the features you want in the final iteration. Based on forum and email feedback, Treasury will add new features and functionalities on aContinue Reading

USGS – Newly Released Photo Catalog Puts US Landscapes On Exhibit

“The U.S. Geological Survey announced today that it has made part of a huge national repository of geographically referenced USGS field photographs publicly available. USGS geographers developed a simple, easy-to-use mapping portal called the Land Cover Trends Field Photo Map. The entire collection contains over 33,000 geo-referenced field photos with associated keywords describing the land-useContinue Reading

EFF – NSA Ordered to Stop Collecting, Querying Plaintiffs’ Phone Records

EFF news release: “Affirming his previous ruling that the NSA’s telephone records collection program is unconstitutional, a federal judge ordered the NSA to cease collecting the telephone records of an individual and his business. The judge further ordered the NSA to segregate any records that have already been collected so that they are not reviewedContinue Reading

White House Open Government Partnership Plan

The Open Government Partnership – Third Open Government National Action Plan for the United States. October 27, 2015 “Open government has long been a cornerstone of democracy in the United States. Principles of transparency and an accountable, responsive government are embedded in Federal law and the U.S. Constitution, and the United States was one ofContinue Reading

In US Telecommuting for Work Climbs to 37%

Gallup – Jeffrey M. Jones – Thirty-seven percent of U.S. workers say they have telecommuted, up slightly from 30% last decade but four times greater than the 9% found in 1995. Average worker telecommutes two days per month 46% of telecommuters do so during the workday Most say telecommuters just as productive as other employeesContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Google’s A/B Testing Method is Being Applied to Improve Government Operations

Via – Google’s A/B Testing Method is Being Applied to Improve Government Operations – Alan Rothman discusses and documents a method of testing used in the private sector that also has significant in public sector applications – the process called “A/B testing.” Users are shown two nearly identical versions of something with one ofContinue Reading

Visualization: Measuring Race and Ethnicity Across the Decades: 1790-2010

Census: “This interactive visualization allows users to understand how race and ethnicity categories have changed over time since the 1790 Census. For more information, see Random Samplings Blog post.”

White House – Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan

Tony Scott – Federal CIO – Modernizing Federal Sybersecurity – [October 30, 2015] “the Administration directed a series of actions to continue strengthening Federal cybersecurity & modernizing the government’s technology infrastructure. Strengthening the cybersecurity of Federal networks, systems, and data is one of the most important challenges we face as a Nation. Every day, publicContinue Reading

EFF Report – License Plate Readers Used By States – Exposed

Dave Maass and Cooper Quintin: “Law enforcement agencies around the country have been all too eager to adopt mass surveillance technologies, but sometimes they have put little effort into ensuring the systems are secure and the sensitive data they collect on everyday people is protected. Case in point: automated license plate recognition (ALPR) systems. EarlierContinue Reading