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A Titanic Undertaking

In honor of the 105th anniversary of the legendary April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, I'm looking through records across the country to find historic and current information about the ship, her crew, her passengers and more.

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We need to talk about █████: JFK records and how arbitrary classification hurts democracy

We need to talk about █████: JFK records and how arbitrary classification hurts democracy

The underwhelming nature of the so-called “final release” of records related to the JFK assassination provides an excellent opportunity to talk about our culture’s curious acceptance of “classified” history.

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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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Help build a comprehensive timeline of CIA's history

Help build a comprehensive timeline of CIA’s history

For 70 years, the Central Intelligence Agency has been working on learning about and challenging threats to the United States - both imagined and real. Keeping track of all of its masked maneuvers can be a bit tricky, which is why MuckRock has begun an ongoing chronology of the Agency’s life. Join us in compiling primary sources on the Agency’s long and winding ways, and help inform others about the breadth and depth of our lead intelligence organization’s part in world affairs.

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FOIA: Its ████ and times

FOIA: Its ████ and times

In honor of FOIA’s golden anniversary, we’re taking a look back along memory lane, at the victories, defeats, and rejections that brought it to where it is today.

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When conducting the Census, computers count

When conducting the Census, computers count

From the first mechanical counters to the first digital computers, the U.S. Census Bureau has lead the computer revolution since the 19th Century. Their decennial upgrade cycle means they’re operating on modern hardware, with their oldest active computer dating back to just 1999.

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