Introducing the U.S. Digital Service:
Interacting with the government shouldn’t be a thing that you automatically dread.
Every one of us in government, this should be our goal, every day.
While I love what the USDS is doing, I find it a little sad that half the discussion centers around what Mikey wears to work. Who cares? We should be talking about his results and his goals, not dress code.
Bruce Schneier on the overarching problem with the NSA surveillance:
By developing these technologies instead of helping defend against them, the NSA — and GCHQ and CSEC — are contributing to the ongoing insecurity of the Internet.
“My intention is that all code developed using taxpayer dollars within GSA should be in the taxpayer’s domain [open source].”
Sonny Hashmi, Chief Information Officer at the General Services Administration, in an interview with ExecutiveGov.
I killed Facebook and left its body in the woods. Great article from The Verge. I deleted my account just about two years ago, August 23, 2012.
We in the United States cannot come close to the return to leadership that the United States had 45 years ago, and shortly thereafter.
Our family’s Verizon contract is about to be up, so we’ve taken advantage of the T-Mobile Test Drive (with the iPhone 5S) to try out their service. It’s a pretty interesting concept, and I’ll post a review when our week is up.
There is nothing more clear than an a unanimous Supreme Court opinion and a statement like this at the end of a decision (pdf file):
Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.
Edward Snowden’s lawyer, a look at the disturbing treatment of whistleblowers. On working with Snowden:
The secrecy of Radack’s work with Snowden requires two laptops beside each other: one standard Windows, and another running an encryption setup that she asks me not to describe in detail. There’s no Wi-Fi anywhere in the office; it’s too hard to secure. “I joke that I use drug dealer tactics,” she says. That means burner phones, paying in cash, meeting in person. “It’s a terrible way to work as an attorney, but you have to.”
On Jesselyn Radack’s own privacy:
Leaving the house in the morning, she spotted a black van idling on the street outside. She walked up to its window and asked the men inside if they needed anything. They said they were there for her neighbor, but were stumped when she asked for the neighbor’s name. “It’s about intimidation,” she says. “It doesn’t matter if they’re surveilling you all the time, as long as you think they might be.”
And on Radack’s own treatment as a whistleblower:
One day, she got a call from her office telling her agents were gearing up to arrest her that night. The tip turned out to be wrong but it took a toll, sending her into a panic and aggravating her MS [multiple sclerosis]. Her pregnancy miscarried that night.
Scary. And shocking. Great work by The Verge.
And that was my single biggest frustration during my time at the city — we were constantly using 20th century answers to problems that required a 21st century solution.