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This Is the NSA’s 650-Page Guide to the Internet

Vice – ‘Untangling the Web’ was a bizarre testament to the NSA’s understating of the how the internet worked. The National Security Agency’s 2007 guide to the internet begins with a description of an ancient Persian library and a fragment of analysis of a Jorge Luis Borges short story. This introduction to the 650 page document, titled ‘Preface: The Clew to the Labyrinth,” contains 8 footnotes and ends on a word of caution. “As we enjoy, employ, and embrace the Internet, it is vital we not succumb to the chauvinism of novelty, that is, the belief that somehow whatever is new is inherently good, is better than what came before, and is the best way to go or the best tool to use,” the NSA said of the internet...Though the document was originally made public in 2013, it’s been getting some new attention on The Government Attic, a repository of government documents..”

How one phony vaccine website tried to capture your personal information

Tech Republic – “In a news release published Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland revealed that it had seized a website called freevaccinecovax.org. Allegedly the site of a real biotechnology firm developing a COVID-19 vaccine, it was actually set up to collect personal data from visitors and use that information for… Continue Reading

NOAA unveils new U.S. climate ‘normals’ that are warmer than ever

Washington Post – “On Tuesday May 4, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an updated set of climate averages for the contiguous United States based on the 30-year period from 1991 to 2020, including more than 9,000 daily reporting stations. It refers to these averages* as “climate normals,” and updates them once every… Continue Reading

New Report on Recognition of Foreign Passports Published

In Custodia Legis: “We recently published a report on the Recognition of Foreign Passports on our website. The report, produced by specialists and analysts of the Global Legal Research Directorate, surveys 20 jurisdictions around the world as well as international law, and focuses on the rules and approaches for recognizing foreign passports. In addition, the… Continue Reading

AI.gov, home of the National AI Initiative

“Welcome to AI.gov, home of the National AI Initiative and connection point to ongoing activities to advance U.S. leadership in AI. The National AI Initiative Act of 2020 became law on January 1, 2021, providing for a coordinated program across the entire Federal government to accelerate AI research and application for the Nation’s economic prosperity… Continue Reading

History Hub – support community managed by NARA for researchers, citizen historians, archival professionals, and open government advocates

“What is History Hub? History Hub is a crowdsourcing platform sponsored by the National Archives. It is a place to ask questions, share information, work together, and find people based on their experience and interests. Experts from the National Archives as well as other experts, history enthusiasts, and citizen archivists are available to help with… Continue Reading

The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read (Part 3)

Capitol Police Inspector General’s Testimony Highlights Glaring Failures. Third Installment of Document Sourcebook Features Internal DHS Records Warning of Potential Violence, Testimony from D.C. National Guard Commanding General [Related links: The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read (Part 1) – January 13, 2021; The Capitol Riot: Documents You Should Read (Part 2) March 3, 2021.… Continue Reading

Cybersecurity for Idiots

Bambauer, Derek E., Cybersecurity for Idiots (March 18, 2021). 106 Minnesota Law Review Headnotes __ (2021 Forthcoming), Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 21-04, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3807529 “Cybersecurity remains a critical issue facing regulators, particularly with the advent of the Internet of Things. General-purpose security regulators such as the Federal Trade Commission continually struggle… Continue Reading

New citation tool for Congress.gov users

In Custodia Legis – “Last month, Robert publicized the addition of historic materials to Congress.gov, including the bound Congressional Record going back to 1951 and the Statutes at Large back to 1973. This month, we are very happy to be introducing a citation tool for Congress.gov users. Over the years, many of our patrons have… Continue Reading

The PowerPoint Channel

LoPucki, Lynn M., The PowerPoint Channel. forthcoming in the University of Massachusetts Law Review, UCLA School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 21-16, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3810195 “This Article is the first to present a comprehensive theory and style for using PowerPoint to teach law. The theory is that presentation software adds a channel… Continue Reading

US. Dept. of Education Launches Best Practices Clearinghouse to Highlight Innovative Practices for Reopening Schools and Campuses

“[On April 30, 2021], the U.S. Department of Education (ED) launched the Safer Schools and Campuses Best Practices Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse), a website that highlights the innovative work underway nationwide in continuing to reopen K-12 schools, early childhood centers and postsecondary institutions. Through the Clearinghouse, the Department is providing examples of how schools and other educational… Continue Reading