Inside the OpenMIND: Open source social media datamining and “predictive” policing

From PR Watch: Records obtained by DBA Press and the Center for Media and Democracy (DBA/CMD) shed new light on a technology, OpenMIND, utilized by law enforcement/counter-terrorism fusion center personnel in gathering and analyzing mass amounts of “open source intelligence” derived from the online lives of Americans.

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Freedom of the Press Foundation launches SecureDrop, an open-source submission platform for whistleblowers

From Boing Boing: Freedom of the Press Foundation has taken charge of the DeadDrop project, an open-source whistleblower submission system originally coded by the late transparency advocate Aaron Swartz. In the coming months, the Foundation will also provide on-site installation and technical support to news organizations that wish to run the system, which has been renamed “SecureDrop.”

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Checkbook NYC open-sourced at Personal Democracy Forum 2013

From IT News Online:  STERLING, Va., June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The New York City Comptroller announced at the Personal Democracy Forum press conference that Checkbook NYC, a financial transparency tool developed by REI Systems, is now open-sourced and available for download by other city and state governments.

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Obama Administration releases historic open data rules to enhance government efficiency and fuel economic growth

Press release from the White House:  The Obama Administration today took groundbreaking new steps to make information generated and stored by the Federal Government more open and accessible to innovators and the public, to fuel entrepreneurship and economic growth while increasing government transparency and efficiency.

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