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Accenture passes 50% in its shift to ‘The New’ - by @whostu
"Accenture is now 50% transitioned to The New of cloud and digital services. But the Trump administration's failure to deliver on public sector reform is taking a toll."
cloud  erp  financials  and  supply  chain  platforms  -  infrastructure  architecture  crm  customer  experience  devops  nosql  the  open  source  stack  digital  content  marketing  government  public  services  iot  robotics  ai  outsourcing 
15 hours ago by jonerp
The Strange Secret History of Operation Goldfinger | The New Yorker
In the sixties, the U.S. government launched Operation Goldfinger, a secret project to look for gold in the oddest places, James Ledbetter writes.
fr  history  gold  usa  money  government  science 
18 hours ago by pankkake
Grenfell Tower | Municipal Dreams
Thirdly, and underlying everything said so far here and elsewhere, comes MONEY. For almost four decades, we have been taught to see public spending as a bad thing; ruthless economising as a virtue. We have come to know the price of everything and the value of nothing…and have ended with the funeral pyre of Grenfell Tower.

Every one of the criticisms made above is essentially about cost – about how much or how little we as a nation are prepared to spend on the health and well-being of our fellow citizens. Public investment enriches lives; here it would have saved them. The best memorial to all those who have lost their lives in Grenfell is that we as a nation choose collectively to invest in safe and secure public housing for all who need it.
GrenfellTower  fire  regulation  safety  socialHousing  housing  KCTMO  austerity  government  publicServices  UK 
20 hours ago by petej
Congress Votes to End Tea Tasting Board - The New York Times
"Calling it an anachronism that should have been done away with decades ago, Congress has voted to take the Government out of the tea tasting business.

The Senate, by a voice vote and with no debate, approved a House-passed measure today that disbands the seven-member Board of Tea Examiners, which was created 99 years ago. President Clinton was expected to sign the bill.

In a ritual dating back to 1897, the board has met two days each year in a Brooklyn warehouse to sniff, touch and taste tea from the world over to see if it is good enough to be sold in the United States."

...and the other side!
nytimes  tea  history  government 
yesterday by madamim
How the Chinese Government Fabricates Social Media Posts for Strategic Distraction
"The Chinese government has long been suspected of hiring as many as 2,000,000 people to surreptitiously insert huge numbers of pseudonymous and other deceptive writings into the stream of real social media posts, as if they were the genuine opinions of ordinary people

We estimate that the government fabricates and posts about 448 million social media comments a year

show that the goal of this massive secretive operation is instead to distract the public and change the subject, as most of the these posts involve cheerleading for China, the revolutionary history of the Communist Party, or other symbols of the regime"
China  massive  fake  social  media  posts  awareness  government  authoritarian  regime 
yesterday by dandv
Oracle hits record $200 billion market value as cloud revenues soar - by @whostu
"Some sabre-rattling at Salesforce and a strong use case in AT&T - Oracle's cloud fortunes impress Wall Street."
cloud  platforms  -  infrastructure  and  architecture  crm  customer  experience  digital  government  public  services 
yesterday by jonerp
The Trump Resistance Will Be Incubated
At the ripe “old” age of 38 with a pair of toddlers and more than a decade into a career as a public defender, Rita Bosworth doesn’t conform to the stereotypes of a Silicon Valley startup founder or a slick Beltway operative experienced in the ways of manipulating American politics. “I never ever planned to, …
politics  government  technology  resist  trump 
yesterday by bradbarrish
NHTSA: FARS Encyclopedia: Query - Step 1: Choose a Year
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data on all vehicle crashes in the United States that occur on a public roadway and involve a fatality. This FARS Query System provides interactive public access to fatality data through this web interface.
government  data  traffic  safety 
yesterday by danesparza
STEP - Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
travel  government 
yesterday by shannonlucas
Dos and don'ts on designing for accessibility | Accessibility
This is for everyone: documenting how we're rebuilding inclusive digital services across the UK Government
accessibility  a11y  design  government 
yesterday by MattieTK

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