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8 items tagged “government”


NPM: modele-social (via) This is a fascinating open source package: it’s an NPM module containing an implementation of the rules for calculating social security contributions in France, maintained by a team at Urssaf, the not-quite-government organization in France that manages the collection of social security contributions there.

The rules themselves can be found in the associated GitHub repository, encoded in a YAML-like declarative language called Publicodes that was developed by the French government for this and similar purposes.

# 2nd January 2024, 5:55 pm / government, open-source, npm


Consistent with the practices outlined in SP 800-63B, agencies must remove password policies that require special characters and regular password rotation from all systems within one year of the issuance of this memorandum. These requirements have long been known to lead to weaker passwords in real-world use and should not be employed by the Federal Government.

Memo: Moving the U.S. Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles

# 27th January 2022, 7:18 pm / government, passwords, security


GOV.UK Registers (via) Canonical sources of “lists of information” intended for use by GDS teams building software for the UK government, but available for anyone. 17 registers are “ready for use”, 45 are “in progress”. Covers things like the FCO’s country list, the official list of prison estates, and DEFRA’s list of public bodies in England that manage drainage systems.

# 7th November 2017, 3:31 pm / datagov, government, opendata


Government in the UK once lead the world in it's own information systems, breaking Enigma, documenting an empire's worth of trade. And then it fired everyone who could do those things, or employed them only via horribly expensive consultancies. It is time to start bringing them back into the corridors of power.

Tom Steinberg

# 21st October 2008, 10:29 pm / government, it, mysociety, tom-steinberg

Video speech matching on Launched this morning at BarCamp London by Matthew Somerville—TheyWorkForYou now has video from BBC Parliament but they need your help matching it exactly to their transcripts from Hansard. Neat example of a game that helps process large amounts of data.

# 1st June 2008, 1:52 pm / barcamplondon, barcamplondon4, government, matthew-somerville, mysociety, politicalhacking, theyworkforyou, timestamping, video

WhatDoTheyKnow (via) New from mySociety: a site for submitting and publically tracking Freedom of Information requests to the UK government.

# 4th March 2008, 11:38 pm / foi, government, mysociety, politicalhacking, whatdotheyknow

FixMySpine. JP muses over what would happen if huge government IT contracts were handed to small, agile teams like MySociety instead of gargantuan IT consultancies. I’ve often wondered the same thing.

# 18th January 2008, 11:25 pm / consultancies, fixmyspine, fixmystreet, government, it, jpstacey, mysociety


OPSI asks users to contribute to new web channel. The Office of Public Sector Information now has an online forum for people interested in reusing UK government information for commercial benefit, based on a recommendation in the “Power of Information” report by Tom Steinberg and Ed Mayo.

# 20th October 2007, 1:18 pm / edmayo, government, opsi, powerofinformation, tom-steinberg, uk