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University records prove difficult to obtain despite transparency efforts

University records prove difficult to obtain despite transparency efforts

Looking to get records from your alma mater? Make sure you do your research - getting records from college campuses may not be as straightforward as you would think.

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Ivy League rivalry is about the only thing unredacted in Marvin Minsky's FBI file

Ivy League rivalry is about the only thing unredacted in Marvin Minsky’s FBI file

The Federal Bureau of Investigation file on famed artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky documents what appears to be a 1964 investigation into the wife of one of Minsky’s acquaintances, whom the Bureau suspected of being a Soviet spy. Though details are scarce and redactions heavy, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor does manage to add some fuel to an ancient Ivy League rivalry.

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This week's round-up: FEMA's "floating hotel," Michigan State University flooded with Larry Nassar requests, and a rare "reverse FOIA"

This week’s round-up: FEMA’s “floating hotel,” Michigan State University flooded with Larry Nassar requests, and a rare “reverse FOIA”

Records released this week through FOIA requests show the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid millions for a ‘half-empty floating hotel’ last hurricane season. Plus, Michigan State University struggles to keep up with records requests about Larry Nassar, Humana’s “reverse FOIA,” and an exciting job opportunity with the New York Times, all in this week’s round-up.

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Five unsettling FBI surveillance tips from the '40s

Five unsettling FBI surveillance tips from the ‘40s

We’ve written before about the FBI’s 1947 guide to investigatory techniques and their heavy reliance on period-authentic casual racism. Today, we’ll be looking at the section on surveillance under false pretenses, which manages the perfect blend between adorably dated and downright creepy.

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Cambridge Police release full list of professors arrested at Harvard’s DACA protest yesterday

Cambridge Police release full list of professors arrested at Harvard’s DACA protest yesterday

In a protest against the removal of protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), over two dozen professors and affiliates of Harvard - as well as Babson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UMass Boston, and Boston College - were arrested in Harvard Square yesterday after creating a human chain across Massachusetts Avenue that blocked traffic through the busy Cambridge junction.

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