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The Office of the Public Defender this week requested that the Baltimore Police Department halt its recently disclosed aerial surveillance program immediately and until the public is briefed and defense attorneys are given access to the footage. The program uses technology adapted from surveillance tech used in the Iraq War surge to monitor the residents of Baltimore City. […]

Computer Science is an increasingly popular major for women at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif. In 2006, 10 percent of the computer science majors were female. This past year, that number had risen to 50 percent.






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The Department of Homeland Security has expanded its Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Tools Blanket Purchase Agreement with the inclusion of Imperva’s Web application and database firewalls.






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The Department of Transportation hosted a Twitter chat on Monday under the hashtag #OpenDOT to get opinions on the agency’s open data policies.






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Jane Holl Lute, the former deputy secretary of Homeland Security, is scheduled to provide a Tech Talk at the Symantec Government Symposium on Aug. 30 in Washington, D.C. MeriTalk caught up with Lute, who agreed to offer her thoughts on the evolving struggle between privacy and security, and a preview of her presentation.






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A social media site that aims to embrace privacy asks for either a phone number, credit card information, the last four digits of the user’s Social Security number, or a postal address when signing up for an account. The website, Nextdoor, claims the information is used to ensure the people are who they say they are and that they live at the address that they provided.






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According to MeriTalk’s report titled “Navigating the Cybersecurity Equation,” government agencies are struggling to derive cybersecurity intelligence from big data. Federal agencies stated that the greatest challenge in data analytics is the overwhelming amount of data agencies have to sift through.






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Investment in education technology is soaring–from learning apps to educational games and classroom management tools to programs promoting STEM education. Global private investments in ed tech companies reached $6.54 billion in 2015, up dramatically from the previous record of $2.42 billion in 2014. Investment in ed tech companies is expected to rise again in 2016. Here’s a breakdown on some of the top ed tech investment groups.






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With the explosion of education technology at the tail end of the 20th century, learning methods are rapidly changing. Investors have taken notice of the expansion of the ed tech market and are hopping on the investment train.






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Advances in technology affect most industries, and law enforcement is no exception. Technology is allowing for more frequent recordings of police-public encounters, including police body-worn cameras and smartphone apps that allow anyone to record encounters. Some police departments are turning to technology to help reduce crime, and one report examines such an effort in Chicago. MeriTalk looks at law enforcement in the digital era.






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A RAND Corporation report casts doubts on whether the Chicago Police Department’s algorithm-based, predictive policing program, which generates a Strategic Subjects List of people that the system believes are most likely to kill or be killed, is actually helping police quell violence in the city.






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Some local police departments across the country are using body cameras to record interactions with civilians. A new app is available to civilians who also want to record those interactions.






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Body worn cameras are becoming increasingly popular devices for police officers around the country. However, with a recent scorecard on BWC policy, Upturn suggests that accountability with wearable camera usage may be a widespread problem.






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Boston University last year conducted a pilot program with six area high schools in which students were offered online AP Physics courses. All six schools, as well as six new ones, have registered for the program’s second year. Mark Greenman, a physics professor at BU, led a team of colleagues in creating Project Accelerate, an online AP Physics course consisting of a series of lesson modules.






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The new rules imposed by the Federal Aviation Administration on drones, regarding height, speed, and operational restrictions, go into effect on Aug. 29. The regulations could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create 100,000 jobs over the next 10 years, according to industry estimates.






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Like Federal entities and tech companies nationwide, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is working on solutions for good cybersecurity practices. Matt Conner, deputy information security officer and director of the Cybersecurity Office at NGA, said that the agency is in the laborious process of moving to the cloud. Conner will be speaking on cyber risks at the Symantec Government Symposium on Aug. 30.






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The U.S. Department of Education has issued what analysts are calling a death sentence for ITT Technical Institute. As part of a larger series of restrictions on the for-profit higher education institution, the Department of Education has banned ITT from accepting new students who depend on Federal student aid, which is the source of most of ITT’s revenue.






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