The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, said on May 27 it established a new focus group that will look at how to optimize environmental efficiency with artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. […]

A new Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) report reviewing the Justice Department’s (DoJ’s) Criminal Division (CRM) identified vulnerabilities in five of the eight domain areas in CRM’s 2018 information security program and practices. The public report, released May 23, only summarized the full audit, but the summary said that DoJ’s Office of the Inspector […] […]

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act on May 22. The legislation would ban the Federal government from conducting warrantless searches of Americans’ phones and laptops when crossing the U.S. border.






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MITRE’s new vice president for intelligence programs and vice president of human resources are Charles Clancy and Gus Bentivegna, respectively, the organization wrote in a May 14 press release. Bentivegna – who joined MITRE in April to enhance talent experience and total rewards compensation and benefits programs – will begin his new role immediately, and […] […]

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David Redl is resigning his position as administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration – a component agency of the Commerce Department influential in a host of communications technology issues including 5G wireless spectrum – according to three Federal Communications Commission (FCC) leaders.






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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently launched the Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge 2, which encourages solvers to develop innovative methods for utilizing crowdsourced information to create global issue forecasts.






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The Department of Justice announced May 3 that it, in partnership with German authorities, has charged three German nationals with operating Wall Street Market (WSM), “which was one of the world’s largest dark web marketplaces that allowed vendors to sell a wide variety of contraband,” including malware.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is in the process of creating a plan for developing standards and tools to support artificial technologies and are currently seeking information on helping NIST “understand the current state, plans, challenges, and opportunities regarding the development and availability of AI technical standards.”






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Efforts to secure data under regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation have not improved protections, a Varonis report indicates. Varonis found an uptick in sensitive data availability to personnel this year versus last, after analyzing 54 billion files. The report found that 53 percent of companies have over 1,000 sensitive files open […] […]

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The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting submissions for construction manufacturing that can be done autonomously. The proposed technology should be able to construct barracks, houses, and other buildings, along with mobility and counter-mobility tools like bridges, culverts, and anti-vehicle obstacles.






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Kevin Bankston is leaving New America’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) to become director of privacy policy at Facebook, where he will focus on “development privacy-protective tools” and help shape privacy policy for emerging technologies.






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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an agency of the United Nations, today announced the observance by more than 170 countries of “Girls in ICT Day,” which aims to help bridge the digital divide in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. 






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