UC San Diego: Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea. “Online discourse by users of social media can provide important clues about the political dispositions of communities. New research suggests it can even be used by governments as a source of military intelligence to estimate prospective casualties and costs incurred from occupying foreign territories.”
Route Fifty: Data Evangelists Spread the Word on Boosting Government Performance. “It was almost like an old-time revival, but with a modern twist, when former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was the keynote ‘preacher’ at a recent event on the use of data, mapping, and analytics as the new way of governing for results. He spoke at an informal, semi-annual gathering of local government chief performance officers, hosted by Marc Erlich, county executive for Montgomery County, Maryland.”
Bloomberg: The Hacker Who Took Down a Country. “Daniel Kaye, also known as Spdrman, found regular jobs tough but corporate espionage easy. He’s about to get out of prison.”
Ideasroom (New Zealand): The problem with cutting archives access. “The cuts will also have a major and detrimental impact upon New Zealand historians who are absolutely reliant upon the archives for their source material. In a quantitatively assessed, output-driven, academic context we do not have the luxury of doubling the timeframe for research and publication.”
Outlook India: Govts using new tactics to confuse social media dissidents. “Governments the world over are learning new tactics to quash dissent on various social media platforms, responding with tweets designed to distract and confuse like longer hashtags, according to a team of political scientists.”
Colombo Gazette: Online database on politically exposed persons launched. This is for Sri Lanka. “A politically exposed person (PEP) is defined by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as an individual who is or has been entrusted with a prominent public function. Due to their position and influence, it is recognised that many PEPs are in positions that potentially can be abused for the purpose of committing corruption and money laundering offences.” There are currently over 2300 people in the database..
ProPublica: YouTube Promised to Label State-Sponsored Videos But Doesn’t Always Do So. “A review by ProPublica shows that YouTube’s implementation of its policy to flag state-sponsored media channels has been haphazard, giving governments in Russia and elsewhere an opportunity to spread propaganda surreptitiously. The world’s most popular streaming service allowed 57 channels funded by the governments of Iran, Russia, China, Turkey and Qatar, among others, to play videos without labels.”