04 Jan 2019

The FBI is Trying Amazon’s Facial-Recognition Software

Government use of silicon valley tech is projected to skyrocket in 2019, with the FBI’s use of Amazon’s facial-recognition software showcasing the broader trend. The use began as a pilot program in 2018 to support a number of counter-terrorism investigations that generated more video footage to be sifted than could

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04 Jan 2019

US Army expanding electronic warfare tools in Europe

With the increase in complexity and technological diversity in today’s electronic warfare, the US Army has been developing command-and-control tools for commanders and soldiers to access and visualize the effects of electronic warfare while in the field and away from command posts. Known as the Electronic Warfare Planning and Management

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03 Jan 2019

AI Will Test American Values In The Battlefield

How will military leaders deal with AI that may treat troops as expendable assets to win the “game”.

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03 Jan 2019

FCC Approves Google’s Futuristic Motion Sensor Tech

Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects Team began developing a radar-based motion detection technology in 2015 and the resulting technology in its current stage of development has been approved by the Federal Communication’s Commission. The most public and popular potential use for the technology is the use of hand gestures in

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02 Jan 2019

The Boldest Predictions for Federal Technology in 2019

“Predictions are hard, which is why Nextgov turned to industry leaders with a simple request: Give us your boldest prediction for federal IT. They dove into specific initiatives like the Defense Department’s Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract and the General Service Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract as well as the

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31 Dec 2018

Why older satellites present a cyber risk

“The most cost-effective and simplistic cyberattack in space, one with the intent to bring down a targeted satellite, is likely to use an older satellite now viewed as space junk that still has fuel and can respond to communications. Hackers could then use that satellite to ram or force targeted

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28 Dec 2018

U.S. Spies Want to Know How to Identify Compromised AI

“The U.S. government’s research arm for intelligence organizations, IARPA, is looking for ideas on how to detect ‘Trojan’ attacks on artificial intelligence, according to government procurement documents. Here’s the problem the agency wants to solve: At a simple level, modern image-recognition AI learns from analyzing many images of an object. If

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28 Dec 2018

US says drug gangs moving money via China crypto channels

While cryptocurrencies are involved in only a small fraction of the estimated $2 trillion trillion in laundered money every year, its share is rising. Now, the DEA has stated that Mexican drug cartels are increasingly using money laundering and cryptocurrency channels based in Asia to move and “clean” their money.

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26 Dec 2018

Watch a swarm of 300 robots reorganize autonomously

“Robotic swarms are compelling for researchers, civilian and military alike, because they offer functionality through interchangeable components. Much of the promise of swarm robotics wants the machines to be as cheap and disposable as possible, while the swarm as a whole is still capable of performing tasks, even when components

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21 Dec 2018

Amazon Sends 1,700 Alexa Voice Recordings to a Random Person

Amazon sent 1,700 voice recordings captured by their Alexa in-home device to a random person. An individual in Germany requested copies of all of his data on Amazon’s files as part of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. As part of their compliance, however, Amazon included 1,700 voice recordings from

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