29 Jun 2018

Facebook files patent for remote smartphone microphone activation

Facebook filed a patent for a technology that embeds an audio signal into other broadcast content that would activate smartphone microphones and then transfer the resulting audio data. Because of the massive privacy violations that would accompany any implementation of this technology at present, a Facebook spokesperson has emphasized that

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29 Jun 2018

Pentagon Intelligence Chief: Russia And China Will Have Weapons in Space ‘In the Near Future’

In what has been called the most “overt” acknowledgement by U.S. intelligence regarding Russian and Chinese weaponization of space, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency stated that U.S. superiority in the domain is decreasing as China and Russia develop powerful satellite and anti-satellite technology. Both countries have developed ground

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28 Jun 2018

Trump to use U.S. security review panel to curb China tech investments

“U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will use a strengthened national security review process to thwart Chinese acquisitions of sensitive American technologies, a softer approach than imposing China-specific investment restrictions. The decision marks a victory for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in a fierce White House debate over the

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28 Jun 2018

Google’s Withdrawal from Pentagon AI Project Risks U.S. Lives, Says former Deputy Defense Secretary

“Google’s decision to withdraw from some Pentagon business following an internal revolt is creating a moral hazard for itself and its employees, former Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.” At the Defense One Tech Summit this week, Work argued that the company should also consider the ability of A.I. to

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28 Jun 2018

Want satellite imagery but not satellites? This company can help.

Satellogic, an Argentine-based company, has opened customizable satellite services on a subscription basis. Target customers are corporations, NGOs, and governments unable to launch private satellites. The company has stated that they will abide by international regulations and only sell imagery over areas accessible to customers. “If you’re in Germany, we

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26 Jun 2018

Australia to monitor seas with high-tech drones from the U.S.

Australia has announced the purchase of a fleet of long-range, unmanned drones from the U.S. to support maritime monitoring of illegal fishing, human trafficking, and foreign navy movements. The drones will cover areas extending into the South China Sea, the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and even into the Antarctic. 

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26 Jun 2018

Supreme Court: Warrant required for phone location data access

In a victory for privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that law enforcement officials must obtain a warrant in order to access phone location data and use it as evidence in court. This reverses an earlier Court of Appeals ruling that phone data is not protected under

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22 Jun 2018

Genetically modified mosquitoes developed for fight against Zika and malaria

The Gates Foundation and partner Oxitec have developed genetically-modified mosquitoes to be used to reduce malaria and other mosquito-born diseases. The modifications only affects the target species, leaving other mosquitoes and insects undisturbed. Trials in India, Panama, and the US indicate that this technology can decrease more than 80% of

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22 Jun 2018

NSA moves its data to the “Intelligence Community GovCloud”

As part of a multi-year transition into a “big data fusion environment,” the NSA has successfully moved most of its data into the classified cloud computing system the “Intelligence Community GovCloud.” This new system allows analysts to access intel across sources, as well as employ machine learning and algorithms. The

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22 Jun 2018

Pentagon radiofrequency technology dominance outflanked by China and Russia

The Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has highlighted the need for the Pentagon to pursue new communications and command-and-control systems technologies. Having assumed that its existing paradigm could maintain complete dominance over the electromagnetic spectrum into the future, advances in Chinese and Russian frequency manipulation technology have “changed the

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