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Category Archives: E-Government

GSA launches public campaign to battle bots, fake comments from online rulemaking forums

Follow up to previous posting – Deepfake Bot Submissions to Federal Public Comment Websites Cannot Be Distinguished from Human Submissions – via Federal News Network – “The General Services Administration kicked off a public effort this week to modernize the federal e-rulemaking process, with a special emphasis on how agencies should respond to an ever-growing number… Continue Reading

Attacking a Pay Wall That Hides Public Court Filings

The New York Times – “The federal judiciary has built an imposing pay wall around its court filings, charging a preposterous 10 cents a page for electronic access to what are meant to be public records. A pending lawsuit could help tear that wall down. The costs of storing and transmitting data have plunged, approaching… Continue Reading

New Solar Telescope Shows Sun’s Surface in Unprecendented High Resolution

BoinbBoing: “The National Science Foundation has just released the very first images of the Sun taken with the new Inouye Solar Telescope in Hawaii. They are the highest resolution images ever taken of the Sun’s surface, showing three times more detail than was possible using previous imaging techniques. Those cells you see in the image…they’re… Continue Reading

Publishing is an art at the Government Publishing Office

CQRollCall: “On the corner of H Street and North Capitol Street sits a brick building housing the Government Publishing Office. The GPO might be known for publishing and printing important documents like the president’s budget, but the hand binders who work at the GPO are busy behind the scenes adding artful marble trim to some… Continue Reading

Microsoft Releases Security Advisory on Internet Explorer Vulnerability

Please discontinue use of Internet Explorer, as well as Windows 7 and upgrade to newest versions – CERT: “Microsoft has released a security advisory to address a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take control of an affected system. According to the advisory, “Microsoft is aware of limited… Continue Reading

Deepfake Bot Submissions to Federal Public Comment Websites Cannot Be Distinguished from Human Submissions

Technology Science – Max Weiss – Original Research – Deepfake Bot Submissions to Federal Public Comment Websites Cannot Be Distinguished from Human Submissions “Abstract: The federal comment period is an important way that federal agencies incorporate public input into policy decisions. Now that comments are accepted online, public comment periods are vulnerable to attacks at Internet… Continue Reading

A New and Improved PubMed®

NLM Musings from the Mezzanine: “NLM’s PubMed has long been recognized as a critical resource for helping researchers, health care professionals, students, and the general public keep current with rapid advances in the life sciences. We are excited to introduce an updated version of PubMed that features an updated design and technology to improve the… Continue Reading

Guidelines for Assessing Exposure and Impacts of Oil Spills on Marine Mammals

NOAA: “Sea lions, seals, dolphins, and whales are some of the marine mammals at risk of oil spills and marine pollution. To prepare for future disasters, NOAA’s marine mammal and oil spill experts worked together to publish “Guidelines for Assessing Exposure and Impacts of Oil Spills on Marine Mammals.” The guidance document is available online… Continue Reading

The Secretive Company That Might End Privacy as We Know It

The New York Times – “A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says. Until recently, Hoan Ton-That’s greatest hits included an obscure iPhone game and an app that let people put Donald Trump’s distinctive yellow… Continue Reading

Amazon files patent for tech to identify you using the veins in your hand

USA Today: “What if you could pay for your groceries using your veins?  Amazon filed a patent for technology that could identify you by scanning the wrinkles in the palm of your hand and by using a light to see beneath your skin to your blood vessels. The resulting images could be used to identify you… Continue Reading