Data

ICE and the Ever-Widening Surveillance Dragnet

ICE agents have used facial-recognition technology on state driver’s-license photos, turning a public database into a de facto criminal database.

Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Migrant Asylum Claims

Legal experts and human rights advocates say they were not told about the databases and question their reliability.

How CISA Says to Protect Smart Devices from Bad Apps

The agency has some new tips to share around securing personal devices.

Experts Say Federal Data Strategy Needs Leaders and Funding to Succeed

Stakeholders are pleased the government is poised to take action on the federal data strategy but had some management advice for the Office of Management and Budget.

How an Agriculture App that Spills the Dirt on Soil Got a Second Life

The department’s barebones SoilWeb app grew a following until app stores changed their rules in 2017. Now it’s back.

The Intelligence Community Wants to Hear Your Cutting-Edge Tech Pitch

ODNI is expanding one of its major vendor outreach programs to speed up adoption of emerging tech and modernize the intelligence community’s IT infrastructure.

OPM Announces New ‘Data Scientist’ Job Title

Officials hope that an "unofficial" data science marker for federal jobs could help both with recruitment of new federal workers as well as improve evidence-based policymaking and data management efforts.

How AI Will Transform Anti-Submarine Warfare

New Navy projects seek to capture more data about the oceans’ depths—then train computers to out-think human captains.

Justice Department Launches API for Foreign Lobbyist Data

The new online portal offers the public easier access to documents filed under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the law that put Paul Manafort in jail.

CBP Approving ‘Potentially High-Risk’ People for Trusted Traveler Program 

The Homeland Security Department Inspector General found officers aren’t properly vetting applicants for the Global Entry program or checking their status at ports of entry.

Pennsylvania Becomes First State to Use Automated System to Expunge Criminal Records

After passing the country’s first ‘clean slate’ bill, Pennsylvania is debuting a system that will automatically clear the records of all who are eligible.

Supreme Court Rejects ‘Contrived’ Defense of Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

The high court’s ruling called into question the Trump administration's justification for including the citizenship question but does not preclude the administration from asking residents whether or not they are citizens.

What Is a ‘Smart City’ Supposed To Look Like?

The vision of the technology-powered metropolis of the future is being sold with images that bear little resemblance to the real world.

Spy Agencies Turn to AI to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

In a world where everyone can collect data on everything, speedy analysis could make or break U.S. national security, a top intelligence official says.

How Some Agencies Are Rethinking Transparency

It’s not just about posting products for the public, it’s about sharing how an agency got there, federal officials said.