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Hunting for Government's Oldest Computer

What started out as an attempt to answer a (seemingly) simple question - what is the oldest computer still in use by a government agency - has seen spiraled into a project that touches on issues of national security, record keeping, and finally finding out whatever happened to Zeos.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Amazon pitches facial recognition software to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and widespread sexual abuse of students by Chicago Public Schools employees

This week’s FOIA round-up: Amazon pitches facial recognition software to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and widespread sexual abuse of students by Chicago Public Schools employees

In this week’s FOIA round-up, emails show correspondence between Amazon and Immigration and Customs Enforcement representatives regarding the tech giant’s facial recognition software, public and confidential data from Chicago revealed a decade of sexual abuse of students throughout public schools, and a significant amount of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s historical artifacts have gone missing or been taken in the agency’s lifetime, highlighting flawed storage and tracking procedures.

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Browse through a recent shipment sent to the International Space Station

Browse through a recent shipment sent to the International Space Station

Last November, Orbital ATK sent a 7,400 pound shipment of supplies up to the International Space Station. For the crew, it meant fresh clothes, new food, and new tools to continue on their research. After a FOIA request, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration provided an inventory of everything that went up, which provides a fun look into mix of high tech and mundane that keeps the astronauts going.

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Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(3)

Nine Days of FOIA Exemptions: b(3)

With Sunshine Week just around the corner, we wanted to count down the days to our favorite time of year with a closer look at what’s going on behind the black bars: the nine federal FOIA exemptions. Today, one of the more frustrating exemptions: b(3), the “No Homers” exemption.

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In the '80s, the CIA wanted NASA to bring the Cold War to the moon

In the ‘80s, the CIA wanted NASA to bring the Cold War to the moon

Memos unearthed in the Central Intelligence Agency archives show that at the height of Reagan’s renewed Cold War, the CIA’s Deputy Director - future Secretary of Defense Robert Gates - suggested that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration counter Soviet ambitions of a manned mission to Mars by establishing a permanent base on the moon.

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In emails, NASA denies child slave ring on Mars, confirms politician-eating tentacle monster on Europa

In emails, NASA denies child slave ring on Mars, confirms politician-eating tentacle monster on Europa

After an InfoWars segment claimed that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was running a colony of child slaves on Mars, internal emails show NASA begrudgingly setting the record straight: for starters, the colony’s on Europa.

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