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WaPo – FBI backs CIA view that Russia intervened to help Trump win election

“FBI Director James B. Comey and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. are in agreement with a CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 election in part to help Donald Trump win the presidency, according to U.S. officials. Comey’s support for the CIA’s conclusion — and officials say that he never changed… Continue Reading

Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms

Solove, Daniel J. and Citron, Danielle Keats, Risk and Anxiety: A Theory of Data Breach Harms (December 14, 2016). Available for download at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2885638 “In lawsuits about data breaches, the issue of harm has confounded courts. Harm is central to whether plaintiffs have standing to sue in federal court and whether their claims are… Continue Reading

Harvard Library Digital Initiative

The Harvard Crimson, December 12, 2016: “Hidden amid the labyrinthine stacks in the basement of Widener Library, more than a dozen machines slowly transform books and artifacts into digital files available for download. Librarians stand next to the hulking machines for hours, painstakingly scanning more than 7,000 pages every day. They take care not to… Continue Reading

US election 2016: How to download county-level results data

Simon Rogers – “If open data means anything, it applies to elections. But yet here we are, a week after the results, and open data around the results is hard to find. It matters because having that data allows us to understand the results better, and what they say about America today. It also means that… Continue Reading

Data Breach Incidents, Causes, and Response

Data Breach Incidents, Causes, and Response, 12/12/2016“In October and November of 2012 the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association conducted a survey among compliance professionals to better understand the impact and frequency of data breaches. At the time breaches were very much in the news, just as they are today. To assess whether and… Continue Reading

Will Government Science from agencies be deleted from public sites?

Motherboard – Researchers are preparing for Trump to Delete Government Science From the Web Written by Jason Koebler, December 13, 2016 – “When Donald Trump takes over the federal government on January 21, his administration will also gain complete control over much of the .gov suite of websites, which currently hosts a treasure trove of… Continue Reading

NYT details how Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.

Follow up to posting series captioned Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – see The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. By Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger and Scott Shane – Dec. 13, 2016: “It was the cryptic first sign of a cyberespionage and information-warfare campaign devised to disrupt the 2016 presidential… Continue Reading

WaPo – Scientists are copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump

“The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving event” in Toronto where experts will copy irreplaceable public data, and meetings at the University of Pennsylvania focused on how to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks…At the University of Toronto this weekend, researchers are holding what they call a “guerrilla archiving” event to… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Electoral College Members Request Intelligence Briefing On Russia

Follow up to previous posting – Unreleased CIA assessment concludes Russia aided Trump – see this follow on – Open Letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper via Christine Pelosi (CA) “We are Electors who were selected by the voters of our states to represent them in the Electoral College on December 19, 2016.… Continue Reading

FOIA Lawsuits Mirror News Headlines And Increase 35 Percent

The FOIA Project at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “Very detailed court records of the near record 512 suits brought under the Freedom of Information Act in FY 2016 provide a detailed roadmap of how businesses, political groups, reporters and many others used the powerful law to achieve their widely varied goals. Court records obtained,… Continue Reading

Testimony of Scott Amey about Burdens of Overclassification and Government Secrecy

Testimony of Scott Amey, General Counsel Project On Government Oversight (POGO) before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform “Examining the Costs of Overclassification on Transparency and Security” December 7, 2016. “…Thank you for inviting me to testify today about the state of the federal government’s classification system. I am Scott Amey, General Counsel… Continue Reading

Enterprise Risk Management: Selected Agencies’ Experiences Illustrate Good Practices in Managing Risk

Enterprise Risk Management: Selected Agencies’ Experiences Illustrate Good Practices in Managing Risk, GAO-17-63: Published: Dec 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Dec 1, 2016. “Federal managers often handle complex and risky missions, such as preparing for and responding to natural disasters, and building and managing safe transportation systems. While it is not possible to eliminate all uncertainties… Continue Reading