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CIA Style Manual Available Online

Via governmentattic.org: “National Security Counselors law firm has obtained a copy of the CIA Directorate of Intelligence Style Manual, Eighth Edition, 2011.  It is entitled Style Manual & Writers Guide for Intelligence Publications. The CIA Guide is not alone.  Each of the members of the Intelligence Community ­IC ­ have one or more Style Manuals to conform the reportsContinue Reading

NSA tracking users of privacy applications and monitoring services

NSA targets the privacy-conscious - von J. Appelbaum, A. Gibson, J. Goetz, V. Kabisch, L. Kampf, L. Ryge. “The investigation discloses the following: Two servers in Germany – in Berlin and Nuremberg – are under surveillance by the NSA. Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA toContinue Reading

Esri Mapping Platform Secured for Federal Agency’s Use

“The Esri ArcGIS Online platform is now authorized and accredited by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a secure platform for delivering cloud-based geospatial services. Following a rigorous assessment, the agency has granted ArcGIS Online a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) low Authority to Operate (ATO). Esri, the GIS industry leader, now provides secureContinue Reading

ISO Launches Open Data Standard for Innovative Cities

Via Isabel Runge – Socrata: “The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a globally recognized organization that sets quality standards for products, services, and industries. We might see the ‘ISO certified’ label on the website of our favorite non-profit, the back of a chocolate bar, or the packaging of our toothbrush. Their aim as an organization is toContinue Reading

New “Census Explorer: Estimate Edition” Launches

“The Census Bureau and Social Explorer announce the launch of Census Explorer: Estimate Edition.  This latest version of the our collaboration with the Census Bureau enables users to explore the latest population estimates for states and counties by age, race, and Hispanic origin.  (Prior editions of Census Explorer showcased American Community Survey data, transportation trends, and retail business.  ClickContinue Reading

FTC – A handy consumer resource

“How does a fixed rate mortgage compare to a variable rate mortgage? What can you do about a store that doesn’t honor its refund policy?  What if you have a complaint about an insurance company? The world can be a tricky place for consumers. It takes time and energy to research companies, compare products, and stay up-to-dateContinue Reading

Sunlight Foundation Announcement – We finally gave Congress email addresses

Via Tom Lee: “On OpenCongress, you can now email your representatives and senators just as easily as you would a friend or colleague. We’ve added a new feature to OpenCongress. It’s not flashy. It doesn’t use D3 or integrate with social media. But we still think it’s pretty cool. You might’ve already heard of it. Email. This may not soundContinue Reading

Measuring Internet congestion: A preliminary report

Via MIT Information Policy Project – Internet scientist David Clark - “The goal of the research described here is to determine the location and extent of congestion in the core of the Internet. In particular, as a first focus, we are interested in whether the interconnections among ISPs, both customer-provider (transit) and ISP-ISP (peering) links, are subjectContinue Reading

2012 ZIP Code Business Patterns

“Provides data on the number of business establishments by employment-size class for detailed industries. Statistics are provided for about 40,000 ZIP codes nationwide.” County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll,Continue Reading

Mobility Progress Report: Are Federal Agencies Passing the Test?

Download the survey here via the Mobile Work Exchange: “It’s been two years since OMB’s Digital Government Strategy and nearly four years since the passage of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. Is the Federal government making the grade in mobility and telework or is it barely passing? So where are we? Mobile Work Exchange interviewed 154Continue Reading

EFF – Judge Orders DOJ to Turn Over Secret Legal Opinions for Court to Review

“A federal judge [on June 13, 2014] ordered the Department of Justice to hand over key opinions by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (also known as the “FISA court”) so the judge can directly review whether information about mass surveillance was improperly withheld from the public. The order is another victory in EFF’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuitContinue Reading

New Mapping Tool from EPA

Via e360Digest: “The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently launched a mapping system that allows users to explore the landscape of energy sources and power plant distribution across the nation. Among the most striking visualizations is this map showing the widespread distribution of natural gas power plants, marking the fossil fuel’s growing use as an energy source.Continue Reading