News that of possible interest to the on-line information community:

Saying that a magistrate’s order that Apple write code to unlock the iPhone of the San Bernadino shooters relies on a strained interpretation of U.S. law, a California congressman called on the FBI to back off its demands to the company. Congress – not the courts – should resolve the encryption debate, the congressman said.

Social media accounts of visa applicants and asylum seekers will be scrutinized for any possible links to terrorist organizations. According to reports the Department of Homeland Security– prodded by Congress — is building tools to more aggressively examine the social media accounts of all such applicants.

The Chinese Communist Party is looking at maps visitors bring that they say may “endanger the country’s sovereignty, safety and interests.” Many publicly available, open-source, maps carried by visitors could result serious consequences for visitors.

Offline Browsers–the Complete and Speedy “Save” Technique

Offline browsers offer the opportunity to download an entire site, or section of a site, for later viewing offline and to save the site for future needs. Using one allows you to quickly get everything you need — and more — and leave the site quickly. There are a number of such browsers, but the HTTrack browser is among our favorites. We appreciate its ease of use and general robustness. Are there others you would rather use?

Journalists Can Do It! Who Else is Doing Better?

The list research offerings of Investigative Editors and Reporters (IRE) at their computer-assisted reporting convention in Denver in March is touted to top 100 classes, including hands-on training. A peek at the extent of their techniques and training is available at

What training programs are being offered this year by others and how do they differ from the IRE program?