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Panel Recommends Govt Use Tech to Change Info Classification Process

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Increased use of technology can help the federal government revamp its system for determining whether information should be classified, a government board recommends.

According to Network World, the Public Interest Declassification Board said that without changes to the current system, the number of new classified records will outgrow the backlog of classified records waiting to be declassified.

The government has more than 100 ways to classify information and 230 ways to handle that information, Michael Cooney writes.

Context accumulation, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence technology should be put through pilot initiatives to determine how they can help implement the board’s recommendations, the board said in its report.

According to Federal Times, the board wants to reduce the number of levels of classified information to two from the current three.

The CIA spent $11.4 billion on classifying information, twice the amount spent a decade ago, and the amount of classified records grew four times between 2008 and 2011, Federal Times reports.

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