v3rgEz writes: With voting day finally here, we thought it would be good to take a look back at the unsung heroes of the electoral process: obscure political parties. Thanks to FCC documents released to MuckRock, we have a full breakdown of parties ranging from Bob’s For Jobs to Vote for KISS.
v3rgEz writes: It's fair to say that after the Edward Snowden leaks, the National Security Agency (NSA) has had a bit of an image problem, which in turn has affected recruiting efforts. So what is the NSA doing to combat all this bad PR? Summer camps. And FOIA site MuckRock has filed FOIA requests to find out exactly what is going on at those camps, turning up a range of activities from pen testing and social engineering training to, er, the NSA's own "Kobayashi Maru." Read the full documents at MuckRock.
v3rgEz writes: For almost a decade, Peter Thiel secretly waged a war that took down Gawker. What other secrets is he hiding, particularly in his secretive ventures that range from mass surveillance startup Palantir to his adventures in seasteading? If you'd like to help find out, MuckRock is offering what it's dubbed a "Thiel Fellowship" offering free FOIA help for projects that investigate companies and initiatives connected to the eccentric but influential billionaire.
v3rgEz writes: Russia’s national regulator fined Alphabet Inc.’s Google 438 million rubles ($6.75 million) for violating antitrust rules on tablets and mobile phones, after reviewing a complaint filed by local search engine Yandex NV last year.
The fine was determined as a share of Google Play’s domestic sales, a Federal Anti-Monopoly Service representative said. Local rules stipulate that fines represent 1 percent to 15 percent of a violator’s revenue for 2014, the official said, without elaborating on the exact figure.
v3rgEz writes: Documents recently declassified show one of the odder experimental weapons developed during World War II: Weaponized sharks. Guided by sharp electric shocks, the sharks were trained to deliver explosive payloads — essentially turning them into living, breathing, remote-controlled torpedoes that could be put to use in the Pacific Theater.
v3rgEz writes: When novelist Ayn Rand found out that FBI director J Edgar Hoover was an adherent of her Objectivist philosophy, she was thrilled, and immediately tried to set up a personal meeting. There was just one problem: Hoover had no idea what she was talking about. MuckRock recently obtained Ayn Rand's FBI file, and it includes almost no surveillance but several attempts by the Objectivist philosopher to ingratiate herself with government bureaucrats. Link to Original Source
v3rgEz writes: In 2010, America's third largest government agency, the Department of Homeland Security, joined forces with its largest corporation, Walmart, to fight terrorism. What could possibly go wrong? It turns out, according to a recent FOIA posted on MuckRock, a whole lot, from lingering sexual harassment scandals to amazingly on-point, if unintentional, Orwellian imagery. Read the documents here.