By Ben Balter // May 12, 2015
Ben Balter is a government evangelist at GitHub and a former presidential innovation fellow. This column originally appeared May 11 on BenBalter.com.
In 2011 and then again in 2014, I used a small tool I wrote to crawl every site on the publicly available list of federal executive dot-gov domains to get a better sense of the state of federal IT, at least when it comes to agencies’ public-facing Web presence.
This weekend, I decided to resurrect that effort, with the recently updated list of dot-gov domains, and with a more finely tuned versions of the open source Site Inspector tool, thanks to some contributions from Eric Mill.
You can always compare them to the original 2011 or 2014 crawls, or browse the entire data set for yourself, but here are some highlights of what I found:
- 1,177 of those domains are live (about 86 percent, up from 83 percent last year, and 73 percent originally)
- Of those live domains, only 75 percent are reachable without the www. prefix, down from 83 percent last year
- 722 sites return an AAAA record, the first step toward IPv6 compliance (up from 64 last year, and 10 before that, more than ...