26 May 2016

Facebook and Microsoft are building a huge trans-Atlantic data cable

“Microsoft and Facebook today have announced a partnership to build a massive underwater data cable connecting the US to Europe, an effort that’ll help the two internet giants better move data back and forth around the world. The cable, dubbed ‘MAREA,’ should be ready by October 2017 and will have

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25 May 2016

How the Internet works: Submarine fibre, brains in jars, and coaxial cables

“Have you ever thought about how that cat picture actually gets from a server in Oregon to your PC in London? We’re not simply talking about the wonders of TCP/IP, or pervasive Wi-Fi hotspots, though those are vitally important as well. No, we’re talking about the big infrastructure: the huge

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12 May 2016

Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms

“But the documents show that the company relies heavily on the intervention of a small editorial team to determine what makes its ‘trending module’ headlines – the list of news topics that shows up on the side of the browser window on Facebook’s desktop version. The company backed away from

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12 May 2016

NATO and the Pentagon Want to Get Their Hands on the Technology Behind Bitcoin

“Blockchain technology, the backbone of bitcoin, has a lot of applications. Finance firms want to use to cut down on administrative costs and trade faster. Estonia is using to securely track health records. Now it’s the military’s turn. Both the US Department of Defense (DoD) and NATO have put out requests for military-related apps

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11 May 2016

Pentagon chief overhauls Silicon Valley office, will open similar unit in Boston

“Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter will overhaul one of his signature efforts, placing new leadership in charge of the Pentagon’s office in Silicon Valley just nine months after it opened and directing the staff there to report directly to him. Carter will also establish a sister unit in Boston, which

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09 May 2016

Twitter is banning US spy agencies from using a service that can detect terrorist attacks early

“Twitter has reportedly banned US intelligence agencies from using Dataminr, a service it partially owns that provides real-time alerts for breaking news like natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and actionable business events.” Source: Twitter bans US spy agencies from Dataminr: report – Business Insider

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04 Apr 2016

DOD wants tools to support cyberstrategy

“In June or July, DOD’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office, whose mandate is to ‘provide a hedge against technical uncertainty,’ will host a demonstration session for firms to show off their technical capabilities, according to a DOD notice. Defense officials are looking for capabilities listed under categories such as situational awareness;

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29 Mar 2016

Why ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War

“The Islamic State recognized the power of digital media early on, when its brutish progenitor, Jordanian jihadist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, discovered the utility of uploading grainy videos of his atrocities to the Internet. As the group evolved, its propagandists surpassed and humiliated their bitter rivals in al Qaeda by placing

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28 Mar 2016

The Dark Web Is Too Slow and Annoying for Terrorists

“So why aren’t jihadis taking advantage of running dark web sites? Rid and Moore don’t know for sure, but they guess that it’s for the same reason so few other people publish information on the dark web: It’s just too fiddly. ‘Hidden services are sometimes slow, and not as stable

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17 Mar 2016

How the CIA is Making Sense of Big Data

“In a rare public appearance at Tuesday’s Cloudera Federal Forum, which was hosted by the custom events unit of Nextgov’s parent company, Government Executive Media Group, Hallman said the CIA’s old information collection strategies couldn’t ‘withstand the accelerating rate of information’ produced globally or ‘keep pace with policymakers’ more rapid need

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