Krebs on Security: U.S. Govt. Makes it Harder to Get . Gov Domains

Krebs on Security: U.S. Govt. Makes it Harder to Get .Gov Domains. “The federal agency in charge of issuing .gov domain names is enacting new requirements for validating the identity of people requesting them. The additional measures come less than four months after KrebsOnSecurity published research suggesting it was relatively easy for just about anyone to get their very own .gov domain.”

From “Unplayable” to Searchable Online: the House Recordings Recovery Project (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: From “Unplayable” to Searchable Online: the House Recordings Recovery Project. “In 2007, Texas House of Representatives’ Media Services transferred to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) about 350 reels of audiotape. Most of the recordings dated between 1975 and 1984 and covered the House floor debates from the entire 63rd through 68th Legislative sessions. Many House committee recordings were included as well. At the time the tapes were transferred to TSLAC, the majority of the reels were described by House media staff as ‘unplayable.’ Having been marked as damaged and unplayable, the audiotapes were stored in TSLAC’s climate-controlled stacks awaiting deaccessioning.” A new resource and a discussion about restoring endangered media!

Krebs on Security: It’s Way Too Easy to Get a . gov Domain Name

Krebs on Security: It’s Way Too Easy to Get a . gov Domain Name. “Many readers probably believe they can trust links and emails coming from U.S. federal government domain names, or else assume there are at least more stringent verification requirements involved in obtaining a .gov domain versus a commercial one ending in .com or .org. But a recent experience suggests this trust may be severely misplaced, and that it is relatively straightforward for anyone to obtain their very own .gov domain.”

Maine: National Archives awards $96K to Maine State Archives to digitize legislative journals

Maine: National Archives awards $96K to Maine State Archives to digitize legislative journals. “The Maine State Archives recently received a grant from the National Archives’ National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which will fund the digitization of previously unpublished journals of the Maine Legislature.”

New York Times: California Reveals Facebook Probe, Says Social Media Company Stonewalling Investigation

New York Times: California Reveals Facebook Probe, Says Social Media Company Stonewalling Investigation. “California revealed for the first time an 18-month investigation into Facebook Inc’s privacy practices and accused the social media giant in a court filing on Wednesday of hampering the investigation.”

‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation (AP)

AP: ‘It’s a fine target’: Census bureau to fight misinformation. “Worried about internet trolls and foreign powers spreading false news, census officials are preparing to battle misinformation campaigns for the first time in the count’s 230-year history. The stakes are huge. Who participates in the 2020 census count could influence how U.S. congressional seats and billions of federal tax dollars to educate children, help low-income families and pave new roads are divvied up.”

Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?

Al Monitor: Can Egypt’s newest search engine root out extremism?. “Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s Islamic authority with the power to issue fatwas (religious edicts), recently launched a search engine to track fatwas from terrorist groups and extremists and to help Al-Azhar scholars tackle Islamophobia. The data collected will enable clerics to develop indicators to help decision-makers better understand terrorist networks and guide policymakers in formulating effective counterterrorism strategies.”

OpenGov Asia: New website to provide Australians with a safer online experience

OpenGov Asia: New website to provide Australians with a safer online experience. “The national online hub provides comprehensive online education resources and tools to report harmful content. This will promote safer, more positive online experiences and help Australians learn more about safeguarding themselves and their children from online harms.”

Kansas City Star: Louisiana treasurer launches online searchable debt database

Kansas City Star: Louisiana treasurer launches online searchable debt database . “How does Louisiana’s debt load stack up against other states? Where is the state spending its billions on construction projects? Which parishes are getting the most state-financed road and bridge work? How did the governor and lawmakers spend last year’s surplus? Those answers are available on a new website created by Treasurer John Schroder’s office that aims to add sunlight to the amount of money that Louisiana borrows, how it spends those dollars on construction and what other debts the state carries on its books.”

StateTech Magazine: Cities Support Open-Data Programs to Improve the Lives of Citizens

StateTech Magazine: Cities Support Open-Data Programs to Improve the Lives of Citizens. “Citizens like to know what’s happening around them, and Philadelphia’s open-data program provides the means by which residents can view data by their address. Anyone with a computer in an open-data city can find information on isolated incidents and also chronic issues that impact the community. In her three years with the program, Kistine Carolan, Philadelphia’s open-data program manager, has seen open-data government incorporated in academic research, business activity and civic engagement. Nonprofits have conducted open-data program evaluations, and journalists cite it in their reporting, she adds.”

Engadget: The FBI plans more social media surveillance

Engadget: The FBI plans more social media surveillance. “The FBI wants to gather more information from social media. Today, it issued a call for contracts for a new social media monitoring tool. According to a request-for-proposals (RFP), it’s looking for an ‘early alerting tool’ that would help it monitor terrorist groups, domestic threats, criminal activity and the like.”

The Verge: France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech

The Verge: France wants to fine Facebook over hate speech. “The provision, which is part of a larger internet regulation bill, was adopted by the lower house of the French Parliament on Thursday. If it were to be fully approved, it would create a 24 hour deadline for social networks to remove hate speech from their platforms once it’s flagged. According to the New York Times, the bill will move to the body’s upper chamber, their Senate, for discussion next.”

MapLight: States Countering Digital Deception

MapLight: States Countering Digital Deception . “The federal government has done remarkably little to counter digital deception in our democracy. Even now, three years after the 2016 election exposed the extent of digital threats, Congress hasn’t passed any bills that substantively address the issue. The state level, however, is a different story. There, legislators are taking decisive action against digital threats to democracy via transparency laws, privacy protections, and more.”

NOAA Tides & Currents: Prepare for coastal flooding with NOAA’s new online tool

NOAA Tides & Currents: Prepare for coastal flooding with NOAA’s new online tool. “NOAA has brought together data from its over 200 long term coastal water level stations into one web tool that can help coastal communities monitor and prepare for all types of coastal flooding. The Coastal Inundation Dashboard is a website that brings together real-time water level information, 48 hour forecasts of water levels, and historic flooding information into one powerful tool.”