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Robert Cardillo: NGA in Talks With Congress to Trade Govt Data Sets for Industry’s AI, Algorithms

Robert Cardillo

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said NGA has initiated talks with Congress to strike a public-private partnership in an effort to facilitate the exchange of the agency’s data archives for industry’s algorithms, artificial intelligence and other computational methods, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

“The proposition is, we have labeled data sets that are decades old that we know have value for those that are pursuing artificial intelligence, computer vision, algorithmic development to automate some of the interpretation that was done strictly by humans in my era of being an analyst,” Cardillo said Thursday at a Georgetown University-hosted conference.

“And so that partnership is one that we’re discussing with the Hill now to make sure we can do it fairly and openly.”

Cardillo, an inductee into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 for 2017, said NGA also considers possible abuse if it decides to provide a group of selected companies access to the agency’s data sets.

“We want to make sure we’re doing this in a transparent way so that people can know what is being exchanged, and make sure we have the proper protections in place against any abuse,” he added.

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