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The number of chronically homeless persons in the U.S. dropped from more than 120,000 in 2008 to around 84,000 in 2014, a new report from the Congressional Research Service notes. The federal government has undertaken to end chronic homelessness by 2017. “One of the reasons that federal programs have devoted resources to ending chronic homelessness […] Read More The national census in 2020 will be the first to rely primarily on the Internet for collecting census data, thereby creating new avenues for fraud and disruption. A new report from the JASON scientific advisory panel describes the problem and outlines some solutions. Read More Employees of the U.S. intelligence community are expected to be bold, innovative and imbued with moral courage. Read More Read More A newly updated Department of Defense publication affirms the importance of public outreach, not simply as a gesture towards democratic governance, but also as an instrument of operational utility. Read More Read More Read More

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Photo accidentally reveals UK determination to give Assange no way out By Robert Booth, The GuardianFriday, August 24, 2012 19:19 EDT It is the “restricted” official document that sums up the Metropolitan police’s tactics towards Julian Assange. “Action required: Assange to be arrested under all circumstances,” says the handwritten note that was photographed under a policeman’s arm on Friday detailing a “summary of the current position” on Assange’s exile inside the Ecuadorean embassy in Knightsbridge.

Global Guerrillas Tesla's autopilot went live a couple of weeks ago (it's one of the first car brands to do this). Unlike the autopilots and cruise controls of the past, it's an autonomous system. This means it isn't limited to the capabilities you get when you pop it out of the box. It gets better as you train it and provide it with experience. Tesla's AP Here's some first hand feedback from Tesla drivers on how fast the autopilot is learning:

Christopher Elliott: When You Should Stand Up To The TSA Francisco Canseco took a stand when a TSA agent tried to give him an enhanced pat-down last spring. Canseco, who happens to also be a Texas congressman, objected to the agent's forceful frisking, and a few days later, to being singled out for a secondary screening. Police had to be called in that incident. A report published by the San Antonio Express-News last week, which retrieved an incident report under the Freedom of Information Act, paints a complex picture of Rep. Canseco's confrontation: A legislator who had already taken a public stand on the agency's effectiveness -- or lack thereof -- and airport agents who may have wanted to show the congressman who's in charge.

Open Access Overview (definition, introduction) Peter Suber First put online June 21, 2004. Last revised December 5, 2015. Suggested short URL for this page = 'Clock kid' Ahmed Mohamed demands $15M from city, school Ahmed Mohamed is demanding $15 million in damages for hardships he and his family endured as a result of his arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school and the public fallout it sparked. In letters sent to the city of Irving, Texas, and its school system, which were first reported by the Dallas Morning News, an attorney for Mohamed claimed that Irving ISD school officials planned to “trash Ahmed” in the media, falsely claimed that he had broken “zero tolerance” laws, and that police illegally questioned the 14-year-old alone after he requested that his parents be present, among other claims. “In the large segment of the media who were anxious to label Ahmed as a budding bomb builder, the pencil case became a ‘briefcase’ or even a ‘suitcase.’”

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Don't be a Petraeus: A Tutorial on Anonymous Email Accounts Tomorrow, as the Senate Judiciary Committee considers reforming the decades-old federal email privacy law, the personal Inboxes and love lives of senior military and intelligence figures may be on that august body's mind. When the FBI pored through the personal lives of CIA Director David Petraeus, Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelly and General John Allen, citizens across the land began to wonder how the FBI could get that kind of information, both legally and technically. So, just how do you exchange messages with someone, without leaving discoverable records with your webmail provider?

CIA Accountability Hits New Lows - Fir In a virtually unnoticed exchange on February 3, Congressman Peter Hoekstra (R-MI) called the CIA to task for its incredibly ham-fisted handling of an April 20, 2001 incident in Peru. In collaboration with a CIA aircrew working as part of a joint program to interdict drug trafficking, the Peruvian air force shot down a plane carrying an American missionary family, killing two. In an angry tone, the Republican congressman denounced the CIA’s response, released the actual film of the incident, and triggered an official statement from the agency — conveniently left off the CIA website to attract as little attention as possible. This episode is important as part of the continuing effort to bring accountability to CIA operations.

Why the Darknet Matters By Luther Blissett and Fernando Villalovs of Arkesoul In February 2015 Ross Ulbricht was convicted of money laundering, computer hacking and conspiracy to traffic narcotics for his role (either with or as Dread Pirate Roberts) in creating and administrating the darknet market Silk Road. For this, U.S. Do You Have A Right to Remain Silent? Thoughts on the “Sleeper” Criminal Procedure Case of the Term, Salinas v. Texas This morning the Supreme Court decided a very important criminal procedure case, Salinas v. Texas, by a 5-4 vote. I’m guessing that you haven’t heard of Salinas. And it probably won’t get much attention in the press.