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DOJ Launches Updated Voting Rights and Elections Website

“The Justice Department announced today that it has updated www.justice.gov/voting, a one-stop resource providing voting and elections information for voters as well as state and local elections officials. As part of the update, the Civil Rights Division published two new informational guides on voting rights and updated five other guides. The Department’s longstanding practice is to update resources and provide information in election years on the efforts of the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Division, National Security Division, and U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country, to ensure that all qualified voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots and have their votes counted free of discrimination, intimidation, or criminal activity in the election process, and to ensure that our elections are secure and free from foreign malign influence and interference. Over the coming months additional resources will be published.”

See also: “Today, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released Securing Election Infrastructure Against the Tactics of Foreign Malign Influence Operations, a guidance document that details the latest tactics employed in foreign malign influence operations to shape U.S. policies, decisions, and discourse and could be used to target America’s election infrastructure. The product discusses popular tactics used in foreign malign influence operations, provides recent examples, and recommends potential mitigations for election infrastructure stakeholders. While many of these tactics are not new, recent advances in generative artificial intelligence (AI) technology have made it much easier and cheaper to generate and spread convincing foreign malign influence content.”

CENDI modernizes Science.gov

To include updates on federal open science, public access, and scientific integrity efforts  – “CENDI, a volunteer membership organization of U.S. federal scientific and technical information (STI) managers, recently launched an updated version of its flagship STI federated search product, Science.gov. Key updates include a modernized look and feel, and centralized access to federal agency… Continue Reading

UK online safety regulator research to guide our online safety work

“Today we’re publishing our online safety research agenda, which sets out the areas of research that will help to inform and underpin our long-term work as the UK’s online safety regulator. As an evidence-based regulator, we use research and data to guide our activity across our various workstreams. This is no different for our online… Continue Reading

Unregulated water contaminants

Via Data is Plural: “Through the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, the Environmental Protection Agency “collect[s] data for contaminants that are suspected to be present in drinking water and do not have health-based standards set under the Safe Drinking Water Act.” The current version of the rule requires public water systems to test for lithium and… Continue Reading

New bill would try to make tools like Zoom and Teams work together securely

The Verge: “A new proposal from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would require videoconferencing and messaging tools used by the federal government to be able to communicate with each other, even if made by different companies. It would also enforce high security standards for government collaboration tools, including end-to-end encryption. The Secure and Interoperable Government Collaboration… Continue Reading

Eclipse

Wolfram Precision Eclipse Computation – Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024 – Get a precision report on what to expect from your viewing location. NASA – 2024 Total Eclipse: Where & When NASA Eclipse Website Solar eclipse 2024 livestream webcams: How to watch Eclipse Explorer For a mobile-friendly or full-screen version of this interactive… Continue Reading

CISA Webpage Dedicated to Providing Resources for High-Risk Communities

“Today, CISA published a new dedicated High-Risk Communities webpage comprised of cybersecurity resources to support civil society communities at heighted risk of digital security threats, including cyber hygiene guidance, a repository of local cyber volunteer programs, and free or discounted tools and services. Despite their vulnerability to advanced cyber threats, many civil society organizations operate… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 31, 2024

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, March 31, 2024 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, finance, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on… Continue Reading

FBI Crime Data Explorer

“The Crime Data Explorer (CDE) is the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program’s dynamic solution to presenting crime data in a more immediate venue that reflects the constant change in the nation’s crime circumstance. The CDE pages provide a view of estimated national and state data, reported agency-level crime statistics, and graphs of specific variables… Continue Reading