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EFF Report on Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology

“Face recognition—fast becoming law enforcement’s surveillance tool of choice—is being implemented with little oversight or privacy protections, leading to faulty systems that will disproportionately impact people of color and may implicate innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit, says an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report released today. Face recognition is rapidly creeping into modern life,… Continue Reading

4 Laws That Could Stem the Rising Threat of Mass Shootings

Scientific American – Pro-gun advocates claim new laws will not make us safer. But here is evidence the right laws will do exactly that. “The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns. Scientific American spoke with Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research… Continue Reading

At least 100 White House officials served with ‘interim’ security clearances until November

CNN: “Nearly a year into President Donald Trump’s administration, senior-level staffers — including Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Rob Porter — remained on interim clearances even as other senior advisers were granted full security access, according to information obtained by CNN from a US government official. Having interim clearance can hamper a staffer’s ability to… Continue Reading

GPO Issues Digital Release of Federal Register for the 1960s

“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and the National Archives’ Office of the Federal Register (OFR) digitally release historic issues of the Federal Register from 1960-1969. The complete collection of issues of the Federal Register from 1960 to the present is now available digitally on GPO’s govinfo. https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/FR. This project is digitizing a total of… Continue Reading

U of M crowdsourcing project transcribes Supreme Court justices’ handwritten notes

University of Minnesota News: “…If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the wall during deliberations by U.S. Supreme Court justices or travel back in time to witness Supreme Court decisions, a new crowdsourcing project led by researchers at the University of Minnesota and Michigan State University allows you to do just that.… Continue Reading

290 School Shootings In America Since 2013

Again, again, again – it pains me no end to have to post news of yet another mass shooting in a public school, yet not to do so lets the silence speak volumes, which is not now, nor will it ever be, acceptable. These are our children America – they are in our schools. And… Continue Reading

The world’s worst money launderers are the UK, Switzerland and the USA

BoingBoing: ‘The USA has moved up in the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index to number two, behind Switzerland; in reality, though, the UK is the world’s worst money-laundry, but because its laundering activities are spread out over its overseas territories — taken as a whole, the UK leads the world in helping criminals and… Continue Reading

Integrity: Without it Nothing Works

Jensen, Michael C., Integrity: Without it Nothing Works (April 6, 2014). Rotman Magazine: The Magazine of the Rotman School of Management, pp. 16-20, Fall 2009; Harvard Business School NOM Unit Working Paper No. 10-042; Barbados Group Working Paper No. 09-04; Simon School Working Paper No. FR 10-01. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1511274 – “Note: This paper… Continue Reading

World’s biggest city database shines light on our increasingly urbanised planet

Eu Joint Research Center: “The JRC has launched a new tool with data on all 10,000 urban centres scattered across the globe. It is the largest and most comprehensive database on cities ever published. With data derived from the JRC’s Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL), researchers have discovered that the world has become even more… Continue Reading

WaPo – President Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims in his first year

In the 21st century it has become increasingly critical for every individual to continuously seek out the facts and readily identify them from false and/or misleading information, stories, narratives, and speech, regardless of the person groups or entities that propagate speech that is is predicated on lies. The challenge of accomplishing this goal has ramped… Continue Reading

Report – The Alt-Right is Killing People

In this article – “The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) counted over 100 people killed or injured by alleged perpetrators influenced by the so-called “alt-right” — a movement that continues to access the mainstream and reach young recruits,” by Keegan Hankes and Alex Amend. The Killings Started in California 2017: A Year of Alt-Right Violence… Continue Reading

President’s Budget FY19 and associated documents

Addendum to the President’s FY19 Budget to Account for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 An American Budget – President’s Budget FY 2019 Major Savings and Reforms Mid-Session Review FY 2018 Analytical Perspectives Appendix Historical Tables Supplemental Materials Fact Sheets Supplementals, Amendments, and Releases Past President’s Budgets See also Politico – “The White House released… Continue Reading