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Public Domain Programming: the Source Code of the Government

A project to find code developed in house at government agencies, and get them released so that the programmers whose taxes paid for the code's creation can use the work for their own projects.

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CIA archives document Agency’s decades of ASCII woes

CIA archives document Agency’s decades of ASCII woes

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.

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The hilariously ugly sketches of the NSA's Hobo guide

The hilariously ugly sketches of the NSA’s Hobo guide

Whether you find yourself venturing forth or just want to bone up on your hobo history, the NSA has a surprisingly thorough guide to all the pictographs used by those relying on the kindness of strangers during the Great Depression.

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MuckRock goes open source

MuckRock goes open source

Starting today, MuckRock is now free open source software, licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License for anyone to read, use, and modify.

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Contracts with Municode (Greer, SC)

Chris Meller sent this request to the City of Greer of Greer, SC