05 Feb 2020

Israel’s Netanyahu indicted in corruption cases, hours before Mideast peace plan announced

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, was indicted on corruption charges on Tuesday, right before Netanyahu was set to meet US President Donald Trump to unveil the US administration’s Middle East plan. Netanyahu was formally indicted for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in three separate corruption cases. Netanyahu withdrew his

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04 Feb 2020

Presidential Advisers Push for National Network to Support Quantum and AI Advancement

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) had its first meeting on Monday, establishing a short term agenda and determining its focus on quantum computing and artificial intelligence, concluding that they are the prime industries of the future. The body was first established by former President George

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03 Feb 2020

Coronavirus Closes China to the World, Straining Global Economy

China, a vital economic center, is currently facing a national epidemic as the coronavirus has infected thousands of Chinese citizens and killed hundreds. As the situation worsens, the rest of the globe is experiencing a ripple effect as a result of China’s struggling economy. The virus has now infected more

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31 Jan 2020

Britain Gives Huawei Green Light For Limited Role In 5G Network

Britain has announced that it will allow Huawei to operate its 5G networks within the country, however, with limited capacity. The UK has received several warnings from the US to ban Huawei from operating within the country amid national security fears. Huawei will be restricted from supplying equipment to certain

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30 Jan 2020

Justice Files ‘First-of-its-Kind Enforcement Action’ Against Robocall Carriers

In a first of its kind enforcement action, the Justice Department announced yesterday that it filed two separate lawsuits against individuals that allegedly enable the facilitation of millions of scam robocalls. The Justice Department stated that the individual’s robocalls specifically targeted a vulnerable demographic, the elderly. The civil cases were

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30 Jan 2020

DOD contractor suffers ransomware infection

A 40-year-old electronics company and US government contractor Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA) has suffered from a ransomware attack. Last week, the company’s web servers were encrypted when attackers launched a ransomware campaign against the company. Encrypted files and ransom notes are still available through Google search results a week after

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27 Jan 2020

Class-action lawsuit filed against controversial Clearview AI startup

A class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this week against Clearview AI, a New York-based startup that has created one of the biggest facial recognition databases in the world. The database was developed by scraping social media networks for people’s photos. The startup was originally low-profile but was exposed last week

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24 Jan 2020

Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit White House to discuss ‘prospect of peace’ next week

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pense announced that Israel’s Prime Minister and opposition leader will visit the White House to discuss regional issues and the prospect of peace next week. Reports over the past week suggest that the reveal of Trump’s Middle East Peace Plan could be imminent, potentially causing the

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24 Jan 2020

How the Pentagon’s JAIC Picks Its Artificial Intelligence-Driven Projects

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center was founded in 2018 to unify and accelerate AI applications across the defense and military enterprise. In the past nine months, employees inside the center have spent about nine months executing this AI support, aiming to improve the efficiency and accuracy to improve overall

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24 Jan 2020

Bipartisan Coalition Bill Introduced to Reform NSA Surveillance

A coalition of US lawmakers introduced new bipartisan legislation that aims to protect Americans from government surveillance, such as that run by the NSA. The bill, named Safeguarding Americans’ Private Records Act, was introduced today by Senators Wyden and Daines in the upper chamber while Representatives Lofgren, Davidson, and Jaypal

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