28 May 2013

Google blimps will carry wireless signal across Africa

It was always assumed that the last mile (or even the first mile) would be delivered via cellular technologies in developing nations. Google is offering up an alternative approach that is not dependent on cellular infrastructure and circumvents the carriers directly. “Search giant Google is intending to build huge wireless networks

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16 May 2013

For DARPA, it’s all about surprises

“At a recent press briefing Prabhakar outlined three trends shaping the new environment DARPA finds itself in: The threats facing the country have shifted from a monolithic nation-state adversary to a complex of nations, terrorist and criminal organizations and individuals, all with access to advanced cyber technology. The U.S. military

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14 May 2013

Department of Homeland Security Shuts Down Dwolla Payments to and From Mt. Gox

How conflicted with the report that Google and other major investors are pouring money into Bitcoin. Dwolla was one of the key mechanisms for getting money into and out of Bitcoin. My guess is that the network will view it as damage and eventually route around it, but it means

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02 May 2013

Privacy in the Age of Big Data

Social media, Web 2.0, the Internet of Things, mobile computing, and the expansion of sensors is allowing more information to be gathered than ever before which, coupled with Big Data analytics, offers unprecedented insight into the needs, patterns, and habits of users, citizens, and consumers. Though it leads to better

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12 Apr 2013

Russia announces new $50 billion space program

Are we facing a new space race? “Russia is celebrating its Day of Cosmonautics in grand fashion today. President Vladimir Putin has announced a new multi-year plan to develop the country’s spacefaring efforts, which will be funded to the tune of some 1.6 trillion roubles (just over $50 billion) between

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27 Mar 2013

Quantified self devices create unique data signatures for each user

This fascinating story on GigaOm discusses the implications of big data and personal privacy. What was uniquely interesting was this quote from CIA Chief Technology Officer Gus Hunt in describing how your FitBit health tracker collects enough data about how you move to uniquely identify you with 100 percent accuracy.

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11 Dec 2012

Hacking the Human Brain: The Next Domain of Warfare

Influencing OODA Loops is nothing new. Having a direct interface outside the senses is… “It’s been fashionable in military circles to talk about cyberspace as a ‘fifth domain’ for warfare, along with land, space, air and sea. But there’s a sixth and arguably more important warfighting domain emerging: the human

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03 Dec 2012

The Current State of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is a composite, real time view of the world overlaid with computer information or graphics. Augmented reality has been getting a lot of attention since the announcement of Google Glass, a glasses frame with smartphone capabilities, and other similar projects, but the idea dates back to the 1960. In

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02 Nov 2012

China internet cafe worker Cao Haibo jailed

It will be interesting to see what happens when someone gets jailed for subversion of state power while operating from their Internet connection provided by a Western company for their Chinese employees. What liability will the employer face for providing the means of circumvention if their connection directly (or inadvertently)

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27 Sep 2012

State Sponsored Cyber Threats – The Long View

Thinking about state-sponsored cyber threats over the long term doesn’t come easy to Western strategists. This essay takes a look at at the strategic implications of thinking only in the short-term.

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