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GSA approves use of Slack – team collaboration application

Via GovFresh, GSA’s announcement – “The team communication platform, Slack, is a collaborative working area. The tool has an array of features – one-on-one messaging, private groups, persistent chat rooms, direct messaging – and is available as both an app and web platform. Users are able to search all of the content in a team’sContinue Reading

Most Americans confused about Net Neutrality – seek more information

Follow up to previous posting – Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the U.S. Net Neutrality Policy Debate, an article from The Register that contributes more resources and perspective to the debate: “With commissioners at US watchdog the FCC due to vote on proposed net neutrality rules next week, a poll of Americans hasContinue Reading

TV Station Profiles & Public Inspection Files

“This site provides summary information about licensed television broadcast stations and access to each station’s “public inspection file” (or “public file”).  The Commission first adopted rules requiring broadcast stations to keep a public file more than 40 years ago and certain political programming files have been public for nearly 75 years. The public file containsContinue Reading

Insights into Advanced Distribution Management Systems

  Insights into Advanced Distribution Management Systems, February 2015, U.S. Department of Energy, ADMS Working Group Guide. “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 spurred investments in smart grid technology and programs at utilities across the country. The Smart Grid Investment Grant program and Smart Grid Demonstration projects that it funded provided unprecedentedContinue Reading

National Park Service Releases Map of Noise Levels Across America

Newsweek: “Where is it quiet, and where is it loud? A map unveiled at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, California, shows you where to go if you want a landscape without much racket. It was produced by researchers from the National Park Service and elsewhere,Continue Reading

Federal Register Responds – When is this document going to publish?

“A question we get asked pretty often is “When is this document I read/heard about going to publish?” And the answer seems a bit secretive. According to 1 CFR 17.1: “…Upon receipt, each document shall be held for confidential processing until it is filed for public inspection.” So until the document is made available toContinue Reading

Most Detailed Ecological Land Units Map in the World

“Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to announce the development of the highest spatial resolution ecological land units (ELUs) map of the world ever produced. The Global ELUs map portrays a systematic division and classification of ecological and physiographic information about land surface features. The work was commissioned by the intergovernmentalContinue Reading

Finding Good Health Information on the Internet

Fact Sheet – “Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV, or the Internet. Some is reliable and up to date, some not. How can you tell the good from the bad? If you use the Web, look for an “about us” page. Check to see who runs the site. Focus on quality. BeContinue Reading

Understanding the Federal Government’s “IT Insecurity” Crisis

February 5, 2015 Report From the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers – “U.S. taxpayers have paid $59 billion for data protection since Fiscal Year 2010, including $10.3 billion in the most recent year under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). This week, the Obama Administration proposed a $14 billion cybersecurity budget forContinue Reading

Sunlight gets U.S. to release indexes of federal data

“For the first time, the United States government has agreed to release what we believe to be the largest index of government data in the world. On Friday, the Sunlight Foundation received a letter from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) outlining how they plan to comply with our FOIA request from December 2013Continue Reading

Government agencies enable HTTP Strict Transport Security for public websites

Ashkan Soltani, Chief Technologist, FTC: “I’m pleased to announce that the FTC has joined a number of other federal agencies in deploying additional security best practices for our public consumer websites: donotcall.gov, ftccomplaintassistant.gov, and hsr.gov.: ” The websites, which already employ HTTPS encryption, have enabled a feature known as HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) whichContinue Reading

UK Interception of Communications Code of Practice

Via The Register: “The UK government slipped out consultation documents on “equipment interference” and “interception of communications” (read: computer hacking by police and g-men) on Friday. They were made public on the same day that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled that the spying revelations exposed by master blabbermouth Edward Snowden had accidentally made British spooks’Continue Reading