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Archive for April 18th, 2019

Tracking Changes to Federal Government Websites: Gov404

Computer with different screens to illustrate web changes. If you often rely on information found on federal government websites for research, you should also be aware of changes made to those websites. Gov404 is a collection of documented changes to federal government websites. Gov404 is hosted by the Sunlight Foundation and compiled by researchers at the Web Integrity Project (WIP). While websites frequently undergo routine maintenance to update data and/or make minor revisions to language, WIP is focused on substantive changes to federal government websites, such as the removal of vital public information, changes to policies and priorities, and tracking broader patterns of Web censorship. Gov404 consists of an interactive data table listing changes, and the supporting technical details. Since the project began in November of 2016, over 50 significant changes have been recorded and researched.