CNET: White House meets with social media giants on predicting mass shootings. “The White House met with tech giants Friday to discuss how tools might be developed to scan social media posts and predict mass shootings, according to a report by The Washington Post. The meeting, which followed two such shootings last weekend that have left 31 people dead, included Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon, all of which were asked to make suggestions in the next few weeks, the Post said.”
TechCrunch: Twitter and Facebook reportedly not invited to White House ‘social media summit’. “On Thursday, the White House’s social media will reportedly host a who’s who of conservative media pundits. PragerU and Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk have apparently received invites to the event. There will, however, be some key names missing from the invite list — including, notably, the social media companies themselves.”
Ubergizmo: A Social Media Summit May Be Hosted At The White House Next Month. “Some of your favorite social media personalities might be heading to Washington, D.C. A new report mentions that the White House is going to hold a social media summit next month.”
Nextgov: White House Launches AI.gov. “The site features AI-focused policy initiatives and accomplishments across the federal government and also brings together governmentwide resources such as fact sheets, strategic documents, agency programs and more.”
University of Maryland: Fundraising Begins For White House Correspondents’ Association Pool Reports Collection. “The University of Maryland, the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Freedom Forum Institute celebrated the start of a partnership Tuesday that will bring a permanent digital archive of White House correspondents’ pool reports to the university. The White House Correspondents’ Association Pool Reports Collection — a unique record of the United States presidency — will be available online. It will consist of the reports written every day by members of the White House press corps on the activities of the president.” I mentioned this in April but we’re at the fundraising point now.
Quartz: The White House’s website deleted the whole archive of its daily newsletters. “American citizens can get daily updates on the government directly from the White House’s ‘1600 Daily’ newsletter, which was launched in March 2017. The newsletter shares daily updates from the White House, together with a feed of positive news about Donald Trump’s administration… The past issues of the newsletters used to be accessible online, but those pages have been taken down in connection with a White House site redesign in December 2017, according to a report from the Web Integrity Project (WIP) of the Sunlight Foundation, a bipartisan organization focused on government accountability and transparency, released today (Sept. 13).”
MIT Technology Review: The White House promises to release government data to fuel the AI boom. “Donald Trump’s chief technology advisor, Michael Kratsios, said today that the US government would release any data that might help fuel AI research in the United States, although he didn’t specify immediately what kind of data would be released or who would be eligible to receive the information.”