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Daily Archives: October 21, 2018

Using Websites as Tools

“As the internet has matured, the way we use websites has gradually shifted. In this episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report, hosts Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss how they use websites and how RSS and social media are eliminating the use of destination sites. They share some of the websites they use, what they use them for, and the shift websites have made from just sources of information to tools you can use. As always, stay tuned for the parting shots, that one tip, website, or observation that you can use the second the podcast ends.”

Eliminating Tech Tribalism Surveying IT Collaboration in State and Local Government

Route Fifty Report: “With government technology increasingly a team sport, Route Fifty partnered with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers to see how government leaders perceive collaborating across state and local agencies and jurisdictions. Our hope is by getting a pulse on the perceived opportunities for—and barriers to—partnerships, government leaders at all levels… Continue Reading

New data tool can help scientists use limited funds to protect the greatest number of endangered species

The Conversation: “A large majority of Americans strongly support the goal of preventing the extinction of endangered wildlife and plants. Today, over 1,600 U.S. species are listed under the Endangered Species Act, and more are added every year. The list includes well-known species like the manatee, grizzly bear and green sea turtle, as well as… Continue Reading

‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration

The New York Times: “The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the… Continue Reading

Appeals Court Says Georgia’s Laws (Including Annotations) Are Not Protected By Copyright And Free To Share

techdirt: “The 11th Circuit appeals court has just overturned a lower court ruling and said that Georgia’s laws, including annotations, are not covered by copyright, and it is not infringing to post them online. This is big, and a huge win for online information activist Carl Malamud whose Public.Resource.org was the unfortunate defendant in a… Continue Reading

Election 2018 Digital Misinformation Roundup

“The midterm elections are 17 days away. Here is a collection of coverage from The New York Times and elsewhere on efforts to mislead voters on social media and the wider internet.” As Election Day draws near, a growing amount of disinformation is getting published online to confuse, inflame or distract potential voters. To help… Continue Reading

Department of Interior’s proposal to destroy records may be of interest

“As I mentioned a while back, I’ve started a new project to bring much-needed transparency to the process whereby agencies get permission to destroy their records at fixed intervals (chosen by the agencies and okayed by the National Archives). I’m obtaining and posting every such request, which have never appeared online before. This project is… Continue Reading

Everything You Need To Know About The First Smithsonian African American Film Festival

“More than 80 movies by and about African Americans will be screened in D.C. next week as part of the inaugural Smithsonian’s African American Film Festival. The four-day festival, which runs from Oct. 24 – 27, includes films ranging from Hollywood hits to experimental shorts. The event is organized by the National Museum of African… Continue Reading

Todd Bol, creator of the Little Free Library movement, dies at 62

Todd Bol hammered together the first Little Free Library. Then he built a movement around it. “Todd Bol believed the now-ubiquitous little boxes of books — and the neighbors who cared for them — could change a block, a city, the world. So he brought them to front yards all over, often installing them himself.… Continue Reading

Fortune annual list of companies best positioned for growth in the future

“Fortune just released its annual list of companies best positioned for growth in the future. The stock prices of 2017’s Future 50 companies gained 35% over the past year, nearly triple the return of the S&P 500 over the same period. At the top of the 2018 list? HR and business cloud software provider Workday, which… Continue Reading

The FBI of the National Park Service

Ouside: “The 33 special agents assigned to the Investigative Services Branch handle the most complex crimes committed on NPS land. When a day hike in Rocky Mountain National Park ended in a grisly death, ISB veteran Beth Shott hit the trail, where she began unraveling a harrowing case…The elite special agents assigned to the ISB—the… Continue Reading

DataKind – Harnessing the power of data science in the service of humanity

DataKind…use data to not only make better decisions about what kind of movie we want to see, but what kind of world we want to see: “This is, without hyperbole, a historic time for humanity. Mobile phones, sensors, and new software have created an abundance of data that can be mined, understood, and harnessed to… Continue Reading