New York Times: Trump Administration Sued Over Social Media Screening for Visa Applicants. “A pair of documentary film organizations sued the Trump administration on Thursday over its requirement that foreigners disclose their social media accounts — including pseudonymous ones — when they apply for visas.”
United States Mint: United States Mint Launches New Online Education Game “Map Mania”. “The United States Mint (Mint) launched its newest educational game Map Mania. This game teaches U.S. geography, helping students to learn the 50 states, state capitals, and state trivia based on the America the Beautiful Quarters® and 50 State Quarters Programs.” Apparently there are a dozen games for kids on the Mint site.
ProPublica: The $11 Million Dollar Medicare Tool That Gives Seniors the Wrong Insurance Information. “The Trump administration redesigned the online Medicare Cost Finder for seniors to compare complex health insurance options. But consumer advocates have identified instances when the tool has malfunctioned and given inaccurate plan and price data.”
Department of Energy: Department of Energy Announces $15 Million for Development of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Tools. “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $15 million in funding for 23 projects to accelerate the incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence into the energy technology and product design processes as part of the Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction (and) Enabling Novel Totally Impactful Advanced Technology Enhancements (DIFFERENTIATE) program.”
The Verge: Social networks have been weaponized for the impeachment hearings. “Impeachment hearings got underway in the House of Representatives this week, as you likely noticed from the wall-to-wall coverage. The process involves the sort of high-stakes, highly partisan events that naturally dominate social feeds. What television was to impeachment in the 1970s and 1990s, Facebook and Twitter — and YouTube and maybe TikTok — will be to impeachment in 2019.”
Just Security: Public Document Clearinghouse: Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry. “Just Security has compiled and curated all publicly available documents in Congress’s impeachment inquiry concerning President Donald Trump in connection with Ukraine. This collection seeks to include significant original source material, including relevant legislation, letters, subpoenas, deposition transcripts, executive branch communications, and litigation documents.” It looks like this is being updated fairly frequently as new documents are released.
CNBC: Facebook will remove posts that name the Ukraine whistleblower. “Facebook announced Friday it will remove from its platform that has any mention of the name of the U.S. official whose whistleblower complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.”