Make: Hacking Garbage Trucks to Bring Broadband to Those in Need

Make: Hacking Garbage Trucks to Bring Broadband to Those in Need. “Millions of households lack the broadband access they need to learn from home, work from home, and generally keep up in our internet-dependent world. What if cities could pinpoint which neighborhoods were in need? What if cities collected real-time information that got services to the people who need them most? And what if they could do it faster and cheaper? They can. One city is bucking the system and using open source hardware, DIY ingenuity, and a pandemic-induced urgency to address the digital divide in real-time, paving the way for others to do the same.”

WUNC: North Carolina, DOJ Double Down On Secrecy Of Deaths In-Custody Data

WUNC: North Carolina, DOJ Double Down On Secrecy Of Deaths In-Custody Data. “As communities across the nation continue to grapple with high-profile police killings, North Carolina officials have again refused to release information on the deaths of people who died in custody, citing guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice. The congressman who wrote the law requiring states to collect that information says both North Carolina and the U.S. DOJ are getting it wrong.”

Federal News Network: A new agency to officially take over the .gov domain

Federal News Network: A new agency to officially take over the .gov domain. “Any agency wanting a brand new website will have to go through a new provider. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is taking over the management of the dot-gov domain. The General Services Administration controlled the dot gov domain since the 1990s. But in 2020 Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed the DOTGOV Act into law.”

Route Fifty: Ski Patrol Before Teachers? States Criticized Over Vaccine Timelines

Route Fifty: Ski Patrol Before Teachers? States Criticized Over Vaccine Timelines. “As states begin to make coronavirus vaccines available to broader segments of the public, health officials have had to make difficult choices about who should be next in line. And state leaders are facing pushback over determinations that certain occupations or medical conditions will be eligible before others.”

Twitter transfers White House accounts to Biden: What you need to know (CNET)

CNET: Twitter transfers White House accounts to Biden: What you need to know. “The transfer of the official presidential Twitter accounts first happened in 2017 when Barack Obama, the first president to use Twitter, departed and Donald Trump took office. Unlike 2017, though, Biden didn’t automatically inherit the followers from the prior administration, a change his team wasn’t happy about…. Here’s what you need to know about the social media transfer of power.”

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.”

‘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.”

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.”