20 Jul 2016

Pentagon Wants to Automate Social-Media Checks on Clearance Holders

“The program would analyze public posts to help determine an employee’s suitability for Defense Intelligence Agency classified work. The Pentagon is conducting market research for a planned 12-month ‘social media checks’ pilot that would analyze public posts to help determine an employee’s suitability for Defense Intelligence Agency classified work.” Source: Pentagon

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18 Jul 2016

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

“Before his sentence, the judge in the case received an automatically generated risk score that determined Loomis was likely to commit violent crimes in the future. Risk scores, generated by algorithms, are an increasingly common factor in sentencing. Computers crunch data—arrests, type of crime committed, and demographic information—and a risk

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16 Jul 2016

Turkish government asked public to resist coup in text message

“As a coup against Turkey’s government took place yesterday, Turkish citizens were sent a text message that urged them to take to the streets to support democracy and resist the coup. The text message appears to have been sent out during the coup from Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).” Source:

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14 Jul 2016

Crashed military drone in Somalia designed to look like a bird

“What’s most interesting about this particular drone are its wings: in addition to looking like a bird, the wings will flap, although it looks like it’s actually powered by two sets of propellers. A quick glance at it flying overhead likely won’t attract a lot of attention, which is exactly

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28 Jun 2016

Combat AI beats the Air Force’s top tactical experts

“A new artificial intelligence flight combat system dubbed ALPHA has taken on one of the Air Force’s top tactical experts and won. Retired USAF Colonel Gene Lee — an experienced combat instructor with ‘considerable fighter aircraft expertise’ — was repeatedly shot down during engagements with ALPHA in a high-fidelity air

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28 Jun 2016

India Seeks Predator Drones from US

“Within days of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington this month, and India’s entry into Missile Technology Control Regime backed by President Barack Obama, New Delhi has sought to buy Predator drones from US-based General Atomics through the Foreign Military Sales program. The letter of Request (LoR) for purchase

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24 Jun 2016

Chinese unmanned helicopter with anti-tank capability unveiled

“The Chinese V750 unmanned helicopter is now capable of carrying out ground strike. The VTOL is seen with a pair of unknown missiles.” Source: Alert 5 » Chinese unmanned helicopter with anti-tank capability unveiled – Military Aviation News

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24 Jun 2016

Big data revolutionises Europe’s fight against terrorism

“The European police organisation’s focus on terrorism has quickly taken off with this investigation. While Europol’s database only contained 1.5 million terrorism entries before 2015 – compared to 25 million for organised crime, for example – the ‘Friday 13’ investigation alone already accounts for 1.1 million data entries. In isolation,

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21 Jun 2016

New tool to take down terrorism images online spurs debate on what constitutes extremist content

“But a number of major social media companies are wary of the idea. They say there is no clear consensus in the United States, and globally, as to what constitutes a terrorist image, and they might end up expunging material posted by researchers or media organizations. And, they say, once

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17 Jun 2016

Microsoft-Funded Professor Builds Software to Fight Terrorism

“Dartmouth College computer science professor Hany Farid — using funding from Microsoft Corp. — has developed technology to help scrub extremist content from the internet. Working with the nonprofit think tank Counter Extremism Project, Farid built software capable of identifying and tracking photo, video and audio files, even if they’ve

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