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.
What we talk about when we talk about talking: The CIA’s guide to semantics
We could still learn a few things from the Central Intelligence Agency’s unusually-sourced guide to semantics.