09 Aug 2017

Cyber threats prompt return of radio for ship navigation

“The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships’ satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology. Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts

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08 Aug 2017

How Developing Asia Is Using Blockchain Pilots

“Beyond bitcoin payments and remittances, blockchain exists largely in the pilot stage. Governments and banks are collaborating with technology firms to see if it can be used to solve persistent problems like traceability, identification, and trust. Let’s move beyond hypotheticals to see how blockchain technology is being experimented in some

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06 Aug 2017

Cold War espionage paid off—until it backfired, East German spy records reveal

“But there’s a hidden cost, Meyersson says. Espionage seems to ‘eat up’ investment in research and development. For example, the authors’ model showed that increases in industrial espionage significantly reduced patent applications, a key proxy for research and development. ‘It’s a way to keep up,’ Meyersson says. ‘It’s not a

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21 Jul 2017

Students Are the Newest U.S. Weapon Against Terrorist Recruitment

“The Department of Homeland Security is enlisting American college students in its efforts to stop the radicalization and recruitment of young people, mostly immigrants, by foreign terrorist groups. Under a program called Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism, students at dozens of universities are given a budget of up to $2,000

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20 Jul 2017

YouTube Will Now Redirect Searches For Extremist Videos To Anti-Terrorist Playlists

“As of today, when users search for hateful content on YouTube using certain keywords, the platform will return playlists comprising content that debunks violent and extremist rhetoric. The new feature, dubbed The Redirect Method, is part of a four-prong strategy announced by Google last month to quash extremist ideologies across its

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20 Jul 2017

DHS Issues Report on AI Risk to Critical Infrastructure

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an emerging risk that will affect critical infrastructure (CI) as it becomes common throughout the United States. The purpose of this research paper is to analyze the narratives about AI to understand the prominence of perceived key benefits and threats from AI adoption and the resulting

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18 Jul 2017

US general warns of out-of-control killer robots

“America’s second-highest ranking military officer, Gen. Paul Selva, advocated Tuesday for ‘keeping the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.’ Selva was responding to a question from Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, about his

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18 Jul 2017

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras

“Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest eventually just might. Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build ‘real-time learning for a person of interest search’ on products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the firm

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15 Jul 2017

Elon Musk: Artificial intelligence a ‘fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization’

“Telsa CEO Elon Musk said on Saturday that people ‘should be really concerned’ about artificial intelligence which ‘is a fundamental risk for human civilization.’ He made the comment at the National Governors Association meeting in Providence, R.I., after being asked by newly elected NGA chair Gov. Brian Sandoval about whether

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14 Jul 2017

Facebook, Google obliged to decrypt online messages to help Government fight terrorism

“Social media giants like Facebook and Google will face new laws to compel them to help Australian security agencies get access to encrypted messages from suspected terrorists and other criminals. Key points: George Brandis says laws will help with investigations into paedophile networks, organised crime Security expert warns against ‘building

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