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New on LLRX – Info Today columnist recs National Digital Library Endowment idea to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

Via – Info Today columnist recs National Digital Library Endowment idea to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden – David H. Rothman is a consistent, expert advocate for funding a national digital library endowment, and his enthusiasm has been strengthened with the appointment of Dr. Carla Hayden as the new librarian of Congress. Continue Reading

Open Government Plan 2016 – 2018

“Welcome to the Open Government Plan for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for 2016-2018. Start out by viewing the Message from the Archivist and the Executive Summary, which will provide an overview of the plan and open government commitments the agency has made for the next two years.  We want to hear from you!… Continue Reading

Wi-Fi passwords from airports around the world

Anil Polat: “[Here] is a regularly updated map of all the airport wireless and lounge passwords you send and I come across on my travels. I’ll still be updating the original how to get wireless passwords from airports page with this information as well but now you can search around on the map directly.” Continue Reading

CRS – Encryption: Frequently Asked Questions

Encryption: Frequently Asked Questions, Chris Jaikaran, Analyst in Cybersecurity Policy. September 28, 2016. “Encryption is a process to secure information from unwanted access or use. Encryption uses the art of cryptography to change information which can be read (plaintext) and make it so that it cannot be read (ciphertext). Decryption uses the same art of… Continue Reading

GAO creates New Center for Enhanced Analytics

Via WatchBlog: ” Our new Center for Enhanced Analytics has 4 primary goals: enhance access to data sources assess, customize, and help deploy new technologies promote novel analytic approaches strengthen analytical skills All of these goals are focused on making sure we have the data and analytics we need to support our work.” Continue Reading

Report – Yahoo scanned hundreds of millions of emails for gov surveillance

UK Guardian: “Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, sources have told Reuters. The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security… Continue Reading

IG – Major Management Challenges for the Fed Board and the CFPB

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an independent and objective oversight authority established under the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended: “Though not statutorily required, the OIG compiles annual listings of major management challenges facing… Continue Reading

OCLC and Internet Archive work together to ensure future sustainability of Persistent URLs

News release: “OCLC and Internet Archive today announced the results of a year-long cooperative effort to ensure the future sustainability of The organizations have worked together to build a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for,, and Since its introduction by… Continue Reading

Paper – Google’s Neural Machine Translation System

Google’s Neural Machine Translation System: Bridging the Gap between Human and Machine Translation (Submitted on 26 Sep 2016) arXiv:1609.08144v1 [cs.CL] for this version) Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is an end-to-end learning approach for automated translation, with the potential to overcome many of the weaknesses of conventional phrase-based translation systems. Unfortunately, NMT systems are known to… Continue Reading

Open Culture – Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities

A Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities: 40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures “For the past ten years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,200+ courses from top universities. Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download… Continue Reading

Political TV Ad Archive

Via Internet Archive – “The Political TV Ad Archive collects political ads in the 2016 election. In addition to tracking airings across key primary states, the collection includes ads that may air elsewhere or exclusively on social media.” Searchable by sponsor, keyword or candidate. See also Internet Archive data fuels journalists’ analyses of how TV… Continue Reading