10 Nov 2017

Morocco launches its first spy satellite

“Morocco has launched its first observation satellite, which will be used for military activities, surveillance of its borders and coastline, and monitoring desertification in the region.” Source: Morocco launches its first spy satellite

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09 Nov 2017

DHS Mulling Blockchain at the Border

“The Homeland Security Department is investigating ways the decentralized ledger system used to track transactions that use bitcoin and other virtual currencies could be used at the nation’s borders.” Source: DHS Mulling Blockchain at the Border – Nextgov.com

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07 Nov 2017

China adds two satellites to homemade global navigation system in effort to reduce reliance on GPS

“China has added two satellites to its homegrown global navigation and positioning network as it seeks to reduce reliance on the U.S.-based Global Positioning System, state media reported Monday.” Source: China adds two satellites to homemade global navigation system in effort to reduce reliance on GPS | The Japan Times

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06 Nov 2017

German intelligence agency gets spy satellite system funds

“Hundreds of millions of euros have been earmarked for Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) to get its own presence in space. The chancellor’s office is pushing the project, but critics are skeptical.” Source: German intelligence agency gets spy satellite system funds | Germany | DW | 06.11.2017

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03 Nov 2017

Google’s Schmidt: US losing edge in AI to China

“Unless the U.S. launches a national initiative on artificial intelligence and considers immigration changes, China is likely to eclipse America as the dominant force in AI, Google’s top executive warned Wednesday.” Source: Google’s Schmidt: US losing edge in AI to China

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16 Oct 2017

China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts

“What they’re looking out for are key words and expressions popping up in social media. Anything signalling an intention to protest or ridiculing the country’s senior political figures will be blocked and potentially see a user reported to the authorities. For example, a message featuring the name of this country’s

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11 Oct 2017

China and Japan take rivalry into orbit with GPS offensives

“Japan and China are rivals in many ways, but their latest competition is on a decidedly higher level: outer space. Both countries are determined to upgrade the precision of their respective equivalents of the Global Positioning System, hoping to reap benefits in defense and business alike.” Source: China and Japan

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11 Oct 2017

FCC Approves Google’s Project Loon to Go to Puerto Rico

“Puerto Rico is still struggling to get its communications up after being hit by Hurricane Maria. Monday’s Federal Communications Commission report said around 80 percent of all cell sites on the island were still out of service.” Source: FCC Approves Google’s Project Loon to Go to Puerto Rico – Nextgov.com

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10 Oct 2017

The Army is pushing for more interoperability between its robots

“The Army is pushing defense companies that specialize in robotics for software that will work across all platforms.” Source: The Army is pushing for more interoperability between its robots

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10 Oct 2017

Israeli Air Force eyes 3-D printing as a hedge against wartime disruptions

“In a country steeped in political controversy and surrounded by strategic threats, military planners in Israel are looking to 3-D printing to bolster wartime self-sufficiency in the event of embargoes or supply chain disruptions.” Source: Israeli Air Force eyes 3-D printing as a hedge against wartime disruptions

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