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.”