18 Aug 2016

Obama Administration to Privatize Internet Governance on Oct. 1

“The Obama administration said Tuesday it will formally shift authority for much of the internet’s governance to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1, a move likely to spark a backlash from parts of Congress. The administration—as well as many in the high-tech community—regard the long-planned move as necessary to maintain international support for the

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18 Aug 2016

Twitter targets extremism, suspends an additional 235,000 terror accounts

“Over the last year, Twitter has been suspending accounts for promoting terrorism. The social network had already made it public that 125,000 accounts were suspended between mid-2015 and early 2016. Today we learned that Twitter has added an additional 235,000 suspensions, brining their two year total to 360,000 accounts. By Twitter’s

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09 Aug 2016

See Every Internet Connection in the World on One Giant Map

“On August 5, Matherly showed off a map he made of every phone, computer, smart home, connected cow, and Internet of Things device around the globe. To make the map, Matherly sent out Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) Echo requests to some four billion devices connected to the internet, Matherly

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20 Jul 2016

Pentagon Wants to Automate Social-Media Checks on Clearance Holders

“The program would analyze public posts to help determine an employee’s suitability for Defense Intelligence Agency classified work. The Pentagon is conducting market research for a planned 12-month ‘social media checks’ pilot that would analyze public posts to help determine an employee’s suitability for Defense Intelligence Agency classified work.” Source: Pentagon

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18 Jul 2016

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

“Before his sentence, the judge in the case received an automatically generated risk score that determined Loomis was likely to commit violent crimes in the future. Risk scores, generated by algorithms, are an increasingly common factor in sentencing. Computers crunch data—arrests, type of crime committed, and demographic information—and a risk

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16 Jul 2016

Turkish government asked public to resist coup in text message

“As a coup against Turkey’s government took place yesterday, Turkish citizens were sent a text message that urged them to take to the streets to support democracy and resist the coup. The text message appears to have been sent out during the coup from Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP).” Source:

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14 Jul 2016

Crashed military drone in Somalia designed to look like a bird

“What’s most interesting about this particular drone are its wings: in addition to looking like a bird, the wings will flap, although it looks like it’s actually powered by two sets of propellers. A quick glance at it flying overhead likely won’t attract a lot of attention, which is exactly

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28 Jun 2016

Combat AI beats the Air Force’s top tactical experts

“A new artificial intelligence flight combat system dubbed ALPHA has taken on one of the Air Force’s top tactical experts and won. Retired USAF Colonel Gene Lee — an experienced combat instructor with ‘considerable fighter aircraft expertise’ — was repeatedly shot down during engagements with ALPHA in a high-fidelity air

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28 Jun 2016

India Seeks Predator Drones from US

“Within days of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington this month, and India’s entry into Missile Technology Control Regime backed by President Barack Obama, New Delhi has sought to buy Predator drones from US-based General Atomics through the Foreign Military Sales program. The letter of Request (LoR) for purchase

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24 Jun 2016

Chinese unmanned helicopter with anti-tank capability unveiled

“The Chinese V750 unmanned helicopter is now capable of carrying out ground strike. The VTOL is seen with a pair of unknown missiles.” Source: Alert 5 » Chinese unmanned helicopter with anti-tank capability unveiled – Military Aviation News

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