CNET: Facebook sued by DC attorney general over alleged privacy violations. “Facebook is being sued by the DC attorney general over allegations it failed to safeguard the personal data of its users. The company’s ‘lax oversight and misleading privacy settings’ allowed UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica to gain access to the personal information of Facebook users without their permission, according to the attorney general’s office.”
Ars Technica: How I changed the law with a GitHub pull request. “Recently, I found a typo in the District of Columbia’s legal code and corrected it using GitHub. My feat highlights the groundbreaking way the District manages its legal code.”
The DC Line: New website maps out history of housing segregation in DC. “A new website, Mapping Segregation, seeks to illuminate DC’s history of racially restrictive housing covenants from the last century that continue to define the city’s segregation patterns today. The site is the brainchild of DC historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld, founders of Prologue DC, a private historical research firm. They started the mapping project in 2014, and officially debuted their website at an Oct. 24 event at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.”
The InTowner: More Murals Replacing Graffiti-Defaced Neighborhood Walls; DPW and Arts Commission Initiative Continues. “Since 2007, the District’s on-going initiative known as MuralsDC has been providing permanent graffiti abatement to building walls that have continually been defaced by graffiti or are located in places where the risk of this type of vandalism is prevalent…. Images of every mural painted since the program began in 2007 can be viewed on the project’s new website … which also features videos, artist information, and a map locator to show where to find the more than 50 murals throughout the District.”
Washingtonian: This Twitter Bot Finds the Worst Drivers in DC. “A new Twitter bot has been exposing some hard truths about DC drivers. The worst ones rack up some intense parking tickets—as in $10,000 or more in unpaid fines. The current high score? $10,700. And was before the bot stopped granting high scores for that car’s plate.” I know there are bots and bots and bots, but I included this story because of the captcha angle.
Mental Floss: Animal Welfare Groups Are Building a Database of Every Cat in Washington, D.C.. “There are a lot of cats in Washington, D.C. They live in parks, backyards, side streets, and people’s homes. Exactly how many there are is the question a new conservation project wants to answer. DC Cat Count, a collaboration between Humane Rescue Alliance, the Humane Society, PetSmart Charities, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, aims to tally every cat in the city—even house pets, The New York Times reports.”
State Scoop: Washington, D.C., launches ‘Crime Cards’ search tool. “Washington, D.C., has released a new tool for exploring the its crime data, city officials announced in a presentation before the press on Friday. The new tool is called Crime Cards and replaces a crime map originally developed by the city in 2006. The new tool was developed as responsive website to be more easily accessible on mobile devices and uses a fill-in-the-blanks format for finding the wanted information.”