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The plot of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold hinges on the bureaucratic details of retirement benefits for spies. Recently uncovered documents from the Central Intelligence Agency archives show that real-world spy stories sometimes do, too.
In the ‘60s, the US federal government saw a need for a unified standard for digitally encoding information. Lyndon Johnson’s 1968 executive order on computer standards directed federal agencies to convert all of their databases to the new character encoding standard: the American Standard Code for Information Interchange, or ASCII. While now a universal standard, records from the Central Intelligence Agency archives document decades of reluctance and frustration from the technicians actually responsible for making the change happen.
In the summer of 2017, the Chicago Police Department did something on social media that would usually be unremarkable: it changed its profile picture.
Chicago Police Department coaches officers on how to avoid the same social media surveillance they themselves employ
How do police officers lockdown their online presence? A document released by the Chicago Police Department to Lucy Parsons Labs provides clues.
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