By year's end, more than 17 million Americans had done so: http://e-pluribusunum.org/2014/11/13/17-million-tax-transcripts-downloaded-online-through-irs-feature-reducing-offline-request-by-40/
In March 2015, Brian Krebs warned that the IRS's process for verifying the identity of people requesting a tax transcript was vulnerable to exploitation because it relied upon knowledge-based questions that could be answered through public records, stolen credit reports or personal information.
Unfortunately, today the Associated Press reported that thieves did exactly that earlier this spring, gaining access to more than 100,000 tax transcripts. The service is currently offline.
One interesting takeaway:@stateguardian spamming the #opengov hashtag may have led to his Kickstarter campaign being the "top URL" in the snapshot but, to date, it's received $0 in funding. (Hypothesis: If Joshua Tauberer Derek Willis & Eric Mill give you constructive feedback on your idea to reinvent their open government projects, it might be a good idea to listen.)
Bloomberg: "the company says more than 60 percent of 13- to 34-year-old smartphone users in the U.S. are active on the service and together view more than 2 billion videos a day." That's a lot of eyeballs.
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From January 2014 to May 2015, I contributed a weekly column to TechRepublic, a division of CBS Interactive. From August 2013 to May 2014, I was a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, where I collaborated on research and the past, present and future of data-driven journalism. In 2013, I was also a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Innovation and Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. From 2010 to 2013, I was the Washington Correspondent at O'Reilly Media, where I covered the voices, technologies and issues that are changing government, technology and society. Prior to joining O’Reilly, I was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where I wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and cybersecurity.
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