House Panel Passes Grant Reporting Bill; Federal Contracting Could Be Next

Two members of the House Oversight committee are working on a follow-up to the GREAT Act that would extend the same data reporting requirements to government contractors.

The Origins of Diversity Data in Tech

Tracy Chou’s call to action in 2013 preceded an industry-wide release of numbers.

Survey: Open Data is Making Feds’ Jobs Easier

The biggest benefits are increased public transparency and improved agency management, participants say.

The Military's Losing War Against Data Leakage

The Defense Department can’t stop the rising river of of digital metadata — or prevent enemies from dipping into it.

Nine American Cities Are Revolutionizing How Data Can Improve Lives

Each of the cities will receive ongoing training and support from the What Works Cities initiative.

IG Calls Out Homeland Security for ‘Questionable’ Spending Data

Auditors said more than 60 percent of transactions had errors, but Homeland Security officials disagree.

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.