23 Apr 2021

Lawmakers Propose More Than $100B for Federal Tech-Driving Investments

More than 20 lawmakers from both parties and chambers came together to call for the creation of a Technology and Innovation Directorate within the National Science Foundation, proposing that $100 billion over five years should be allocated to the section to ensure that the US maintains a competitive edge when

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17 Mar 2021

Lawmakers, Experts, Industry Highlight Need for Ethics After Defense Commission Releases Final AI Report

Experts in technology and security have been highlighting a distinct need for ethics regulations to be put in place after the Defense Commission released its final artificial intelligence report. Former undersecretary of defense for policy Michele Flournoy called the National Security Commission on AI’s final report one of the most

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03 Feb 2021

Coup Puts Myanmar at the Center of U.S.-China Clash

Myanmar has found itself at the heart of tensions between the US and China after the military effectively staged a coup against the current elected government. Myanmar’s transition from military rule towards democracy occurred roughly a decade ago and was championed as a victory for Washington’s agenda in China’s backyard.

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21 Jan 2021

Trump Takes Executive Action on Drones in Final White House Days

Just a few days before his departure, former President Donald Trump issued a slate of executive orders, including one that changes how the US can obtain drones. The executive order tells federal agencies that they may not procure unmanned aerial systems (UAS) from China, Russia, Iran, and other adversarial nations.

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19 Jan 2021

Italy PM Conte faces crucial Senate vote to stay in power

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s Prime Minister, is facing a crucial Senate vote amid struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Senate vote will occur after the vote in the Chamber of Deputies, which Mr. Conte already won by 321 to 259. Last week, former PM Matteo Renzi withdrew his party from the

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28 Dec 2020

China Jails Citizen Journalist for Her Accounts of Covid-19 in Wuhan

Zhang Zhan, a 37-year-old journalist, faces four years in prison due to her accounts of the Covid-19 pandemic in Wuhan. A Chinese court found Zhan to be guilty of picking quarrels and provoking trouble after sustaining a 2.5 hour trial at the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court. Prosecutors accused

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28 Dec 2020

SolarWinds Hackers “Impacting” State and Local Governments

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued a warning regarding the impact of the recent SolarWinds Orion software government espionage campaign likely conducted by Russia. The hack consisted of Russian nation-state hackers compromising SolarWinds’s popular Orion software supply chain, effectively installing a backdoor into hundreds of high profile

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14 Dec 2020

Suspected Russian hackers spied on U.S. Treasury emails

According to sources at the White House, the National Security Council met on Saturday to discuss a recent hack affecting US agencies and likely perpetrated by Russia. US officials have offered little further information besides confirming that there was a breach within the Commerce Department that is being investigated by

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07 Dec 2020

Defense bill set to pass with state cybersecurity programs

Congress is working on a defense policy bill containing several items that seek to improve states’ cybersecurity efforts. The bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act, is a massive bill passed annually by Congress. This year, the legislation aims to expand the role that the National Guard units play in

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04 Dec 2020

China is greatest threat to freedom – US intelligence chief

John Ratcliffe recently released an article to the Wall Street Journal in which he details how China poses the greatest threat to democracy and freedom since World War II. Ratcliffe, the top US Intelligence official, echoes previous concerns expressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and FBI Chief Christopher Wray.

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