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The Archives Of America’s Social Media President

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Photo credit: Cheriss May via Getty images

The administration has launched a White House Social Media Archive where you can find President Obama’s entire social media presence as Potus

The Digital Transition

 

Interpreting Buildings: Designing the White House, 1792 - Photo 2

 

White House design, designer known only as “A.Z.”

Maryland Historical Society

James Hoban's White House Floor Plan

James Hoban’s earliest known drawing of the White House, 1792.

Massachusetts Historical Society

James Hoban's 1793 North Elevation

Hoban’s exterior drawing, or “elevation,” 1793.

The Maryland Historical Society

Ellicott began his survey on February 11, 1791. He had already hired Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and surveyor, to make the astronomical observations and calculations necessary to fix the south corner of the new city’s square at Jones Point in Alexandria, Virginia. For the next two months they surveyed ten-mile lines first along the southwest line, then along the northwest line, next along the northeast line, and finally along the southeast line to create the square. Read More

 

 

 

Obama Aide Fired Over Critical & Opinionated Tweets

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A senior White House national security aide has been fired for writing anti-administration messages under the pseudonym @NatSecWonk on Twitter.

Jofi Joseph,  a key member of the White House team in negotiations on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, was fired after a months long internal investigation. The White House confirmed Wednesday that Mr. Joseph no longer works for National Security Council and has remained hush hush on the  details of his termination.

Beginning in 2011, Mr. Joseph, 40, tweeted messages critical of the administration under the @NatSecWonk name, sometimes insulting his bosses’ intelligence and blasting administration policies. His targets included senior presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett, former National Security Adviser Thomas E. Donilon, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Mr. Joseph apologized Wednesday for his actions.

“It has been a privilege to serve in this administration and I deeply regret violating the trust and confidence placed in me,” he said in an email to Politico. “What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments. I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.” It seems that Mr. Joseph was in line to be promoted to a job at the Pentagon before his role as a secret tweeter came to light.

 

President Obama and The BRAIN Initiative

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President Obama announced on Tuesday a brain-mapping initiative that could help scientists unlock the secrets to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, strokes and even human cognition, but will require the assistance of significant computing power.

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, announced Tuesday morning in a presidential speech at the White House after a fleeting mention in President Obama’s February State of the Union Address, will require heavy use of cutting-edge and yet-to-be-invented data processing and imaging technologies for success. Obama said,  studying and mapping the human brain, , will not only help scientists improve their understanding of human thought, learning, and memory, but could also help cure disease. 

The new research initiative will include the National Institutes of Health, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the National Science Foundation, outside academics, and private companies and foundations such as the Allen Institute and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. The White House hopes to spend more than $100 million the first year of the project, with more money coming from private-sector partners.

In addition, those agencies and organizations will be pushing the envelope on data collection and analysis technologies. “Significant breakthroughs will require a new generation of tools to enable researchers to record signals from brain cells in much greater numbers and at even faster speeds,” the White House said in a press release. “This cannot currently be achieved, but great promise for developing such technologies lies at the intersections of nanoscience, imaging, engineering, informatics and other rapidly emerging fields.”

Among the specific projects being funded under BRAIN will be DARPA’s Detection and Computational Analysis of Psychological Signals effort, which will require analyses of very large data sets. DARPA also will “develop a new set of tools to capture and process dynamic neural and synaptic activities,” according to the White House press release.

 BRAIN will require new computer technologies  to perform the necessary research, and the results of the research could also be used to develop new information technologies. 

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