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Category Archives: E-Government

MuckRock’s Documenting COVID-19 project

Dillon Bergin – MuckRock’s Documenting COVID-19 project – “Our data repository includes some of what our team considers the most important data points that the CDC’s provisional mortality database has to offer: Leading external causes of death in the 113 CDC code list, by underlying cause of death; Natural causes of death associated with COVID-19,… Continue Reading

One stop shop for Covid Information

Axios: “President Biden on Wednesday announced the launch of COVID.gov, a website intended to be a “one-stop shop” for COVID resources, including vaccines, tests and masks. The website includes a tool to help people find locations where they can get tested and receive oral antiviral treatments if needed. “The bottom line, no longer will Americans… Continue Reading

Urban Forestry Street Trees

Urban Forestry Street Trees – Open Data DC – City of Washington, DC – Summary – “This data is used for the management of District trees, as well as the maintenance of Reference Features of the District of Columbia, Department of Transportation (DDOT). Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) managed trees and tree locations. The dataset contains… Continue Reading

EPA Eliminating Its Web Archive

Via Patrice McDermott, Government Information Watch, [h/t Mike Ravnitzsky] – “Come July 2022, the EPA plans to retire the archive containing old news releases, policy changes, regulatory actions, and more. The Verge reports – ‘The archive was never built to be a permanent repository of content, and maintaining the outdated site was no longer “cost effective,” the EPA… Continue Reading

Catalog of Open Federal Datasets Available on EEW’s Site

EDGI’s Environmental Enforcement Watch’s catalog of open federal environmental datasets. View the page here. “We are excited to announce a newcatalog of open federal datasets now available through EDGI’s Environmental Enforcement Watch (EEW) website. EEW works with members of the public to analyze and present EPA data on violations of environmental laws, inspections of polluting… Continue Reading

The secret police: Cops built a shadowy surveillance machine in Minnesota after George Floyd’s murder

“An investigation by MIT Technology Review reveals a sprawling, technologically sophisticated system in Minnesota designed for closely monitoring protesters. Law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have been carrying out a secretive, long-running surveillance program targeting civil rights activists and journalists in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in May 2020. Run under a consortium… Continue Reading

Facial recognition firm Clearview AI tells investors it’s seeking massive expansion beyond law enforcement

Washington Post via MSN: “The facial recognition company Clearview AI is telling investors it is on track to have 100 billion facial photos in its database within a year, enough to ensure “almost everyone in the world will be identifiable,” according to a financial presentation from December obtained by The Washington Post. Those images —… Continue Reading

Justice Department Announces First Director of National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team

[February 17, 2022] “The Justice Department announced the selection and appointment of Eun Young Choi to serve as the first Director of the National Cryptocurrency Enforcement Team (NCET). Ms. Choi is a seasoned prosecutor with nearly a decade of experience within the department, and most recently served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General.… Continue Reading

Help for taxpayers and tax professionals: Special filing season alerts

IRS: “During this tax season, taxpayers face a number of issues due to critical tax law changes that took place in 2021 and ongoing challenges related to the pandemic. The IRS continues to share updated information for people filing tax returns this filing season as well as those who have previous year tax returns awaiting… Continue Reading

The Federal Circuit Helps a Patent Troll Block Public Access to Court Records

“For more than three years, EFF has been fighting for public access to court records in a patent case between Uniloc, one of the world’s most prolific patent trolls, and Apple, one of the world’s biggest tech companies. The district court has ruled three different times that the public has a strong presumption of access… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 12, 2022

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, February 12, 2022 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

Modernizing Congress U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer Applies Technology to Democracy

LegisPro: “Hudson Hollister  – We recently interviewed Rep. Derek Kilmer, Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress. This transcript has been edited for clarity.” Hudson Hollister – Representative Kilmer, Chairman of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, thank you so much for joining us. Hudson Hollister… Continue Reading