Emergency

To charge or to not charge WikiLeaks; documenting open data wins in Philly; and more.


  • Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency because of accelerating coastal erosion, Merrit Kennedy reports for NPR. According to the Times-Picayune’s Mark Schleifstein, the hope is that Donald Trump will recognize the state of emergency and accelerate the timeline for coastal restoration projects.

  • Although Trump has displayed an eagerness to hasten the construction of pipelines, who’s to say if he’ll do away with the red tape on projects designed to address the harms of climate change.

  • Federal prosecutors are (again) considering whether to bring charges against WikiLeaks, Matt Zapotosky and Ellen Nakashima report for The Washington Post.

  • Reminder: It’s the March for Science this weekend. Find your local march here.

  • Philadelphia’s Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation (ODDT) has partnered with Temple University’s journalism department on a project to tell the stories of people successfully using open data, Kistine Carolan writes for the ODDT blog. “The ODDT team hopes these interviews and visualizations make the potential ways to use open data more obvious and easier for residents,” he writes. “And for the City departments spending the time and energy to share data, finding out the impact can spark momentum to keep contributing data or inspire ideas of what else might be of use.”

  • Senior contributing editor Tom Steinberg just wants one thing from Facebook and Google before the UK’s early election this year, he writes in his latest for Civicist.

  • The second longread of the month about Google Books was published by The Atlantic yesterday. James Somers carefully details the class action lawsuit that failed to bring 25 million books to light, comparing the loss to the burning of the library at Alexandria. A couple weeks ago Scott Rosenberg wrote a piece for Backchannel about Google Books and its failure to live up to expectations, although he only briefly mentions describes legal morass and blames most of the problems on the company losing interest in the project.

  • 19 male Uber employees and one woman spraypainted “#Undelete” on a wall in the Bay Area in what appears to be a team-building-exercise-slash-promotional-campaign for the company, Nick Statt reports for The Verge. Stop trying to make “#Undelete” happen, Travis. It’s not going to happen!

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