The Electronic Frontier Foundation examined the policies of major Internet companies — including ISPs, email providers, cloud storage providers, location-based services, blogging platforms, and social networking sites — to assess whether they publicly commit to standing with users when the government seeks access to user data. The purpose of this report is to incentivize companies to be transparent about how data flows to the government and encourage them to take a stand for user privacy whenever it is possible to do so.
Government Official Admits Deleting Text Messages After Ex-Im Bank FOIA Request | Zero Hedge
In today's consequence-less world - where only the poor are punished - news that a top official at a controversial U.S. export finance agency deleted text messages sent within days of the 2014 midterm elections after a watchdog group filed an open records request for the messages, will come as no surprise whatsoever. The 'excuse' given by Ex-Im Bank's chief of staff Scott Schloegel - because as we saw yesterday, there is no accountability - he "deleted, by mistake, the messages on my phone for the period in question." Most transparent administration ever...
Transparency  in architecture: all marketing stunt and empty gesture! .. hey, not so fast!

Can a glass-domed parliament or a translucent facade of a bank contribute anything meaningful to institutional transparency? Is there any role for physical transparency in good governance? “Naive and preposterous!” one is tempted to respond, very much in line with the current critical thinking and writing on transparency in architecture. Yet, I decided to dig a bit deeper into this question in my new working paper and found some really quite surprising and inspiring things when crossing physical with political transparency. To read more:   Zinnbauer, Dieter, Architecting Transparency Back to the Roots - and Forward to the Future? (June 2015), available at Social Science Research Network SSRN:

anonymous asked:

how did you remove the background of your icon? cause everyone else's are squared where yours takes up the shape of the icon

Mine is square too, I just made a tranparent background for it~ I explained how to make >>here<<

Terry’s Picks: Lauryn Hill Covers Nina Simone, Inside Out, Film Financing Follow Up

Can’t stop listening to Lauryn Hill’s cover of “Feeling Good,” one of many great Nina Simone covers that will be released along with the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?, which hits Netflix on Friday.

Well done: Another great film with a female lead breaks records! Inside Out, a coming-of-age tale that follows five anthropomorphic emotions inside the mind of a young girl, had the highest-grossing opening ever for a Pixar movie this weekend.

Film Financing Day Follow Up: We had a great discussion about the different distribution windows that now exist for independent filmmakers at our Film Financing Day event on Saturday. Brian Newman of the Tranparency Project let us know about this great distribution glossary they have developed.