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First POST: Shredding

BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, March 13 2015


  • Here are the just-published FCC net neutrality rules. Here's my favorite quote from its opening: "Congress could not have imagined when it enacted the [Administrative Procedure Act] almost seventy years ago that the day would come when nearly 4 million Americans would exercise their right to comment on a proposed rulemaking. But that is what has happened in this proceeding and it is a good thing. The Commission has listened and it has learned."

  • Outside of the White House, there is no uniform federal government standard for using official versus personal email, or for what records must be saved, Julie Hirschfeld Davis reports for The New York Times. Patrice McDermott of tells her, “It really is chaos across the government in terms of what agencies do, what individuals do, and people understand that they can decide what they save and what they don’t. If you leave it up to the agency, some are going to behave properly and take it seriously, and some are going to see it as carte blanche to whitewash the record.”

  • "We are just as vulnerable as Hillary is, if we use the same Internet that she does," writes Robert Hansen, the VP of WhiteHat Labs at WhiteHat Security.

  • In New York, the state legislature is moving rapidly to undo Governor Andrew Cuomo's 90-day email deletion policy, reports Thomas Kaplan for The New York Times. One of the leaders of that effort, Senator Liz Krueger, says that in a democracy, “we’re supposed to have open and transparent government, which means having access to information you need to evaluate your government.”

  • “The governor’s policy creates an electronic shredder that’s always on and shreds emails along with government transparency,” John Kaehny, executive director of Reinvent Albany, told Kaplan.

  • The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force was involved in tracking a #BlackLivesMatter protest last December at the Mall of America, Lee Fang reports for The Intercept.

  • Here's a "day in the life" of an 18F content designer, in this case Kate Garklavs who is working on the MyUSA "one-stop shop for government" platform.

  • Open government data wonks rejoice: NYC police stop-and-frisk-data is now available in .csv format, reports Ben Wellington of IQuantNY.

  • Good news for Julian Assange: Swedish prosecutors have offered to travel to London to question him about the sexual assault allegations that have kept him holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy there for the last three years, the BBC reports. Assange's lawyer says he will "cooperate fully."

  • Congrats to Mike Masnick and the rest of the team at TechDirt for the launch of the Copia Institute, a for-profit think tank qua network that will focus on understanding the world through the lens of abundance rather than scarcity. The institute is being backed by the MacArthur Foundation, Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Foundry Group, Spark Capital. Google, Automattic (Wordpress), Yelp and Namecheap.