White House Takes Down ‘We the People’ Petition Tool

The message on the website says it will return in January with responses to the petitions that merit it.

Facebook’s Power to Undermine Democracy Is Getting Stronger—And It’s Fueling Oppressive Regimes

The debate over whether social media helps or hinders political movements in authoritarian-leaning countries is as old as the technology itself.

Silicon Valley Is Flipping Elections in its Spare Time

It’s not anything your average venture-backed startup wouldn’t do, but it’s virtually unheard of for local politicians.

The Best Time of Day to Get Things Done, According to Data

We also only reach our peak buzz of productivity one day a week.

Facebook Failed to Make Good on a Promise Because it Has Too Much Faith in Its Tech

Facebook's advertising business brings in the vast majority of the company’s billions of dollars in revenue every quarter.

Russia Will Build Its Own Internet Directory, Citing US Information Warfare

Moscow’s independent DNS may help it ward off cyber attacks — or mount its own.

GAO: FCC Needs to Consider How Connected Toasters Could Clog the Spectrum

The internet of things could eat up spectrum, but the FCC isn’t doing enough to anticipate strains.

Scientists Used Drones to Spy on Whales’ Beauty Routine

Humans aren't the only ones who need to exfoliate.

Facebook is Using AI for Suicide Prevention

The social media company has changed its system for spotting users with potentially suicidal thoughts.

Continuing Resolution on Congress' Post-Holiday To-Do List

Congress moved along IT modernization and defense authorization bills but still faces funding the government.

Agencies a Step Closer to Open Data, Chief Data Officers

The OPEN Government Data Act, tucked inside the Foundations for Evidence-based Policymaking Act, passed the House.

Will Data-Driven Policy Change How IGs Operate?

Inspectors general should be evaluating how successful federal programs are, not just how compliant they are, according to a recent report.  

Agencies Continue to Struggle With Accurate Spending Reports, Underreporting by Billions

Months after they were required to make their financial data public, their reports are rife with errors.