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A Record 75% of Americans Can Vote by Mail in 2020

The New York Times: “About three-quarters of all American voters will be eligible to receive a ballot in the mail for the 2020 election — the most in U.S. history, according to a New York Times analysis. If recent election trends hold and turnout increases, as experts predict, roughly 80 million mail ballots will flood… Continue Reading

PDF: Still Unfit for Human Consumption 20 Years Later

Nielsen Norman Group: “Jakob Nielsen first wrote about how PDF files should never be read online in 1996 — only three years after PDFs were invented. Over 20 years later, our research continues to prove that PDFs are just as problematic for users. Despite the evidence, they’re still used far too often to present content… Continue Reading

Tips to Mitigate Threats to Our Votes and Voter Registrations Before November

Jennifer Cohn – Medium: 20 actionable tips for voting in0-person, by mail, down ballot voting, voting machine errors, voter protection hotline, volunteering to be a poll watcher, ballot auditing and transparency Be prepared with as many resources as are available to you to help ensure that your vote, and the votes of every member of… Continue Reading

VoteByMail simplifies the state absentee-ballot signup process

“COVID-19 has catalyzed interest in absentee voting. VoteByMail.io streamlines government absentee-ballot applications by digitizing the voter’s signup process. VoteByMail is a Civex Inc project. We are a non-partisan Organization that empowers voters, letting them decide when, how and where they vote.” Continue Reading

Court says federal judiciary is overcharging for access to public records online

Washington Post: “The federal judiciary is overcharging for public access to online court records, an appeals court ruled Thursday in a decision that could result in lower fees to search and download case documents. In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said affordable access to public records is critical… Continue Reading

NSA – Limiting Location Data Exposure

NSA Cybersecurity Information: “Mobile devices store and share device geolocation data by design. This data is essential to device communications and provides features—such as mapping applications—that users consider indispensable. Mobile devices determine location through any combination of Global Positioning System (GPS) and wireless signals (e.g., cellular, wireless (Wi-Fi®1), or Bluetooth®2 (BT)). Location data can be… Continue Reading

Ransomware: Your biggest security headache refuses to go away

ZDNet – “Ransomware has been around for more than three decades, so it’s hardly an unexpected threat. And yet, organisations large and small are still being taken completely by surprise by the file-encrypting malware, leaving them to decide between rebuilding many of their computer systems from scratch to rid themselves of the ransomware or paying… Continue Reading

Colleges Seek Waivers From Risk-Taking Students

Inside Higher Education: “As fall semester approaches, students are increasingly opposing liability waivers and “informed consent” agreements required by colleges as a condition of returning to campus…” Via a rising junior at Bates College in Maine, the text of the agreement is as follows – “I am voluntarily assuming any and all risks that notwithstanding… Continue Reading

Washington Post tracking coronavirus’s spread across the U.S.

“There’s a lot that we know or are learning about the coronavirus, but two seemingly basic questions are still difficult to answer: How many people have been infected with the virus and how many have been killed by it? That’s where Jacqueline Dupree comes in. Dupree, a technologist on The Post’s News Logistics team, has… Continue Reading

Online Platforms and Market Power Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law – July 29 2020: Support Documents – Hearing Notice [PDF] Hearing Notice – Revision 1 [PDF] Added 07/24/2020 at 03:48 PM Witnesses: Mr. Jeff Bezos  Chief Executive Officer, Amazon.com, Inc. Jeff Bezos Statement [PDF]; Mr. Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Apple Inc. Tim Cook Statement… Continue Reading

White House Tells EPIC to Delete COVID-19 Records, EPIC Declines

“In an unusual development, the White House directed EPIC this week to delete a set of records that EPIC recently obtained from the Office of Science & Technology Policy—a request which EPIC declined. On Tuesday, EPIC published hundreds of records about the White House’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and proposals to use location data… Continue Reading