30 Jan 2019

How the Pentagon’s fear of risk is stifling innovation

A “go slow” approach and an emphasis on accountability in tech acquisitions and beyond is well-intentioned and important, but it has the unintended consequence, according to some leaders in the private sector, of stifling innovation. According to this thinking, the pentagon’s continued desire to remain with past winners results not

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29 Jan 2019

Fractures opening across democratic Northeast Asia defense front

While some might assume that coordination over the issues of China and North Korea would bring Japan and South Korea together, longstanding disagreements are threatening the country’s bilateral and regional relationships. While the two countries share many cultural, economic, and political values, disagreements extend across sectors from security and territorial

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29 Jan 2019

Huawei denies allegations contained in US Department of Justice indictments

The U.S. has indicted Huawei and the company’s CFO Meng Wanzhou, a pair of unsealed documents shows. One of the indictments charges Huawai with conspiracy to steal intellectual property belonging to T-Mobile and of obstructing justice in that case. The second indictment holds that Huawei and its CFO violated US sanctions

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28 Jan 2019

Malaysia cancels major BRI project, highlighting complaints about Chinese “dept-trap diplomacy”

Malaysia has cancelled a contact with major Chinese contractor CCCC for the building of a 688km rail project, citing an unaffordable interest rate. Some, including the country’s Prime Minister had noted the undesirable elements of the project, including its funding through a Chinese loan to pay a Chinese contractor using

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24 Jan 2019

‘Nearly all’ American networks will be susceptible to cyberattacks

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released a new four-year strategy for the American intelligence community. The main topic of the road-map is cybersecurity, while the document also focuses on subjects such as counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation. “As the cyber capabilities of our adversaries grow, they will pose increasing threats

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24 Jan 2019

Cyberattacks fueled by geopolitical tension are increasing

A new report by Carbon Black indicates that geopolitical tensions between democratic western countries and authoritarian states such as Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran, lie at the root of an increasing number of cyberattacks. For instance, almost 50% of incident response investigations undertaken for Carbon Black customers in 2018 were

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23 Jan 2019

The future of China’s AI industry is in the hands of just three companies

How is A.I. developing differently in the U.S. and in China? One aspect is the investment landscape. In a new MIT Technology Review article, the massive concentration of Chinese A.I. development in the hands of the three largest companies is emphasized and explored. While the country boasts 190 major A.I.

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22 Jan 2019

Despite policy changes, China’s birth rate falls to lowest in 70 years

Although the one-child policy has been gone for several years and subsequent policies are working to encourage couples to have more children, China’s birthrate continues to drop, sparking bleak economic forecasts in subsequent decades for itself and other countries with similar numbers. Recently, one of the country’s advisory bodies argued

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18 Jan 2019

Malware can now evade cloud security tools, as cybercriminals target public cloud users

Rocke Group, a cybercrime group believed to be operating from China, has developed cryptocurrency mining software that can uninstall cloud-based security solutions from targeted systems as a way of evading detection. Researchers with Palo Alto have so far only found proof that the malware works on Chinese cloud security solutions,

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16 Jan 2019

Japan surges new weapons, military roles to meet China’s rise

While officials with the Japanese military may not outwardly admit to the causes of its rapid military modernization that stands at questionable odds with its restrictive Constitution, China is driving Japan’s military purchases and production, from its commitment to purchase as many as 147 F-35s to its production of its

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