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Category Archives: E-Government

Tracking Federal Awards: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources

CRS Report – Tracking Federal Awards: USAspending.gov and Other Data Sources, Updated April 26, 2022: “USAspending.gov, available at http://www.USAspending.gov, is a government source for data on federal awards by state, congressional district (CD), county, city, and zip code. The awards data in USAspending.gov are provided by federal agencies and represent contracts, grants, loans, and other… Continue Reading

NLM Introduces New Tool in Support of Ongoing Pandemic Response

“The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) launched this week the SARS-CoV-2 Variants Overview interactive web resource to support the identification of emerging variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This free, open access tool provides the public health community with valuable information needed to guide COVID-19 pandemic… Continue Reading

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Wired: “For the past 15 years, police forces searching for criminals in Europe have been able to share fingerprints, DNA data, and details of vehicle owners with each other. If officials in France suspect someone they are looking for is in Spain, they can ask Spanish authorities to check fingerprints against their database. Now European… Continue Reading

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