New data on governance of national oil companies: Why transparency and oversight matter (Brookings)

Brookings: New data on governance of national oil companies: Why transparency and oversight matter . “The Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) conducted a survey of 71 NOCs [National Oil Companies] worldwide in order to assemble the world’s largest open database of NOC operational and financial information. We believe that the database… will help improve oversight—and aid NOCs’ leaders—by providing a stronger basis for understanding what peer companies are doing elsewhere and facilitating research on patterns across NOCs. The database contains more than 70,000 data points covering more than 100 indicators.”

Jordan Times: ‘Ministry building database of civil society organisations’

Jordan Times: ‘Ministry building database of civil society organisations’. “The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation is currently building a database of the civil society organisations operating in the Kingdom, Planning Minister Mary Kawar said on Monday. Kawar said that the platform aims to boost partnerships and communication between the government and the organisations by supporting networking and minimising conflict in organisations’ work.”

The Guardian: Facebook urged to tackle spread of fake profiles used by US police

The Guardian: Facebook urged to tackle spread of fake profiles used by US police. “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Facebook to address the proliferation of undercover law enforcement accounts on the social networking site following a Guardian report that revealed a secret network of accounts operated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice).”

The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government

The Narwhal: Librarian rushes to archive Alberta’s climate change data before change in government. “University of Alberta librarian Katie Cuyler says industry experts and academics have requested she begin ‘guerrilla archiving’ critical information they fear could disappear under a new United Conservative government.”

Federal Reserve: Federal Reserve Board publishes transcripts of more than 50 interviews with former policymakers and former senior staff that chronicle nearly half a century of Federal Reserve history

Federal Reserve: Federal Reserve Board publishes transcripts of more than 50 interviews with former policymakers and former senior staff that chronicle nearly half a century of Federal Reserve history . “The interviews, including with former chairs Paul A. Volcker, Alan Greenspan, and Janet L. Yellen, provide personal recollections of important economic, monetary policy, and regulatory developments. They also provide impressions of life and culture at the Federal Reserve Board.”

Department of Energy: Department of Energy Announces $20 Million to Develop Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Tools

Department of Energy: Department of Energy Announces $20 Million to Develop Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Tools. “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $20 million in funding to accelerate the incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence into energy technology and product design processes.”

ReadMe (Sri Lanka): The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government

ReadMe (Sri Lanka): The Population Registry is an ambitious goal of the e-Government. “According to Ajith Perera – the recently appointed Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, there are ‘ambitious’ plans to bring the Government together under an e-Government. As per the minister, the first step towards this would be to create a population registry of all Sri Lankan citizens. Dubbed the “Mother of all databases”, this would contain all the information about the population of Sri Lanka. The database would be available for all Government ministries to share data. Of course this does present a massive security risk.”