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Detekt – free tool that scans your Windows computer for traces of commercial surveillance spyware

Via FastCoExit: “Spyware like FinFisher contributes to a multi-billion dollar business. But until last week, activists had few ways to defend themselves, aside from the well-placed bit of duct tape over the computer camera and rigorous digital hygiene practices. That’s why Amnesty International, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation rolled out aContinue Reading

Library of Congress – Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates

Via Andrew Weber – “Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates – Congress.gov Spring Cleaning – Since introducing Congress.gov in September 2012, we have continued to add the databases from THOMAS to the new system.  We launched with legislation, followed soon thereafter by the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, and nominations.  Today, we are releasing treaty documents.  You canContinue Reading

Data.gov – Ecosystem Vulnerability Theme Adds Five New Datasets

Via Data.gov – “In a continued effort to provide key datasets that support the process of developing resilience to climate change, five additional datasets are now available in the Ecosystem Vulnerability theme. Those include: California Ocean Uses Atlas Environmental Sensitivity Index (ESI) Threatened and Endangered Species REST Services US Forest Service Forests To Faucets National WildlifeContinue Reading

Analytics.usa.gov

“This data provides a window into how people are interacting with the government online. The data comes from a unified Google Analytics account for U.S. federal government agencies known as the Digital Analytics Program. This program helps government agencies understand how people find, access, and use government services online. The program does not track individuals,Continue Reading

Mussel Watch Contaminant Monitoring

National Ocean Service: “Mussel Watch represents the longest running continuous contaminant monitoring program in U.S. coastal and Great Lakes waters. The project was developed to analyze chemical and biological contaminant trends in sediments and bivalve tissues collected at over 300 coastal sites from 1986 to present. Parameters monitored include sediment and bivalve tissue chemistry forContinue Reading

The HTTPS-Only Standard proposed by OMB

“The American people expect government websites to be secure and their interactions with those websites to be private. Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) offers the strongest privacy protection available for public web connections with today’s internet technology. The use of HTTPS reduces the risk of interception or modification of user interactions with government online services.Continue Reading

FCC Open Internet Order – Separating Fact From Fiction

“The Open Internet Order: Preserving and Protecting the Internet for All Americans – The Commission has released the full and final text of the Open Internet Order, which will preserve and  protect the Internet as a platform for innovation, expression and economic growth. An Open Internet  means consumers can go where they want, when theyContinue Reading

FCC Releases Open Internet Order

Net Neutrality Order – PDF “The open Internet drives the American economy and serves, every day, as a critical tool for America’s citizens to conduct commerce, communicate, educate, entertain, and engage in the world around them. The benefits of an open Internet are undisputed. But it must remain open: open for commerce, innovation, and speech;Continue Reading

National Security Archive – Most Agencies Falling Short on Mandate for Online Records

“Nearly 20 years after Congress passed the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments (E-FOIA), only 40 percent of agencies have followed the law’s instruction for systematic posting of records released through FOIA in their electronic reading rooms, according to a new FOIA Audit released today by the National Security Archive at http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB505/ to mark Sunshine Week.Continue Reading

OIG – Review of State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset and Record Email

Review of State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset and Record Email –  What OIG Inspected – March 15, 2015. “The review took place in Washington, DC, between January 24 and March 15, 2014. What OIG Recommended – OIG made seven recommendations to improve the use of record emails by Department of State employees and missionContinue Reading

Helping Government Deliver II: The Obstacles and Opportunities Surrounding Shared Services

“Changing how government delivers services such as acquisition, financial management, human resources and information technology can improve performance and reduce overlap, duplication and overall costs. However, agencies’ efforts to move administrative functions to a shared services provider have been limited. So, what are the key barriers to implementing shared services strategies and how can theContinue Reading

Privacy elements of Apple mobile devices targeted in ongoing surveillance program

The Intercept: “Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept. The security researchers presented their latest tactics and achievements at a secret annual gathering, called the “Jamboree,” where attendees discussed strategies for exploitingContinue Reading