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drag2share: Data.gov redesign preview modernizes public data delivery

source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/07/16/data-gov-redesign/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget

DNP Datagov opens up new levels of transparency, data access

While we know the government’s spying on our personal data, what’s it doing with all of the public info it gathers? President Obama’s answer to that question was creating Data.gov, a portal that publishes, among other things, public school funding amounts. Four years on, though, and the site looks and navigates like a product of its time. The modern redesign that launched today as a preview is part of this May’s Open Data Executive Order that hopes to graft non-proprietary and machine-readable data formats “into the Federal Government’s DNA.” The homepage combines published research from a range of headings — education, energy, finance, global development, health, research and safety — and the tweets of public servants about said data, into one river of news. It’s cool to see the government taking charge and making all this easier to access, but we’re wondering how much it’ll cost us next April.


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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 news No Comments

Chrome adopted by US State Department as optional browser, IE8 prepped for mid-March release (video)

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/05/us-state-department-adopts-chrome-as-certified-browser/

State department workers frustrated with their dated web browsers will get some relief very soon. At the latest town hall meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was questioned on the update roll-out of secure, state-certified browsers and — prefacing with a chuckle — she announced that Google’s Chrome had started already begun its roll-out last month. For now, it’s an optional web browser for those not enamored with Internet Explorer — the only browser compatible with the full breadth of the Department of State’s IT system. Governmental workers that are fans of that big blue ‘e’ also got some good news — they’ll be seeing the roll out of Internet Explorer 8 from March 20th, with the department planning to leap over version 9 and straight into the loving embrace of Internet Explorer 10. Judging by the whoops and applause during the announcement (included after the break), we wouldn’t be shocked if those public servants hugged their updated PCs outright.

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Monday, March 5th, 2012 news No Comments

Surprise! Senators with Huge Campaign Contributions from Media Support SOPA/PIPA [Sopa]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5877352/surprise-senators-with-huge-campaign-contributions-from-media-support-sopapipa

Surprise! Senators with Huge Campaign Contributions from Media Support SOPA/PIPAIt’s an old cliché in politics to “follow the money.” Unfortunately, it’s almost always true when it comes to the support of controversial bills. In fact, all you need is $100k per senator to buy support for PIPA, the Senates version of SOPA.

It’s a small price to pay for controlling how the Internet works in the United States. If you’re still unsure what exactly SOPA is, check out our comprehensive article on the bill. Above are the senators that received in excess in $100,000 in campaign contributions from the Movie, Music, and TV industry. Oh hey, they all support PIPA. These numbers were compiled by ProPubilca.

If you live in the states governed by these public servants, be sure to give them a call and tell them that SOPA/PIPA will destroy the Internet. Mat’s right, we really do need an Internet Lobbyist. [ProPublica]


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