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.”
PR Newswire: “White House Experience” App Launches Today – Offers First Ever Tours of White House and President’s Neighborhood (PRESS RELEASE). “The White House Historical Association is pleased announce its new free mobile application for both iOS and Android which offers, for the first time ever, virtual educational tours of the White House and surrounding President’s Neighborhood. The app features three separate tour experiences for in-person visitors and those who want to learn about the White House from afar. The app also includes a Presidential Look-Alike feature that allows users to take a selfie to find out which president or first lady they most resemble based on portraits of presidents and first ladies in the White House collection.”
CNET: White House reportedly eliminates top cybersecurity role. “Politico, The Hill and CNN report that the Trump adminstration has eliminated the White House position of cybersecurity coordinator, a role President Obama first established in 2009, at a time when hacks and cybersecurity threats weren’t as commonplace as they are today.” This is a terrible idea, and I’d be saying that even if we had President Fred Rogers.
University of Maryland: UMD, White House Correspondents’ Association, and Newseum Partner to Create Archive of Presidential Pool Reports. “The White House Correspondents’ Association and the University of Maryland today announced the creation of a unique new window into the world of the president and the press — a permanent and ongoing digital, searchable archive of presidential pool reports produced by White House correspondents.” The archive is expected to take a couple of years to put together.
CNN: Librarians digitally archive rare White House images. “In a nondescript office building steps away from the White House, a small team of librarians at the White House Historical Association is working on a massive puzzle. As of this week, the group has now spent two years chipping away at digitizing approximately 25,000 previously uncatalogued slides of photographs documenting years of White House history.”
The Hill: White House taking down petition website, pledges to launch new one. “The White House says it will take down a website that hosts petitions to the federal government, with a promise to restore it as a new site next year. The ‘We The People’ website, launched by then-President Obama in 2011, will be taken down on Tuesday at midnight, The Associated Press reported Monday.”
The Hill: White House launching redesigned website on Friday. “The Trump administration is launching a redesigned version of the White House website on Friday that it claims will save taxpayers millions of dollars every year. A White House official told the Washington Examiner that changes to the website’s security and maintenance procedures could end up saving American taxpayers as much $3 million annually.”