Technology

State Department Harnesses AI Tech to Address Disinformation

State Department

The State Department's Global Engagement Center uses artificial intelligence in efforts to address the fake news spreads and state-sponsored propaganda targeting the U.S. government. Daniel Kimmage, acting coordinator of GEC, said at a Foreign Policy event that the center uses AI to identify coordinated threats and understand the corresponding landscape.

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Unisys Announces Winners of the 12th Cloud 20/20™ Contest

Unisys

Unisys Corporation today announced the winners of the 12th annual Unisys Cloud 20/20™ contest, one of India's largest and most popular annual student innovation programs. The contest received more than 685 submissions from more than 400 colleges across India. Launched in 2009, Cloud 20/20 is one of India's most popular technical contests for engineering students.

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NIST Seeks Comment on Draft Publication for Digital Twin Technology

Digital Twin Technology

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft publication focused on digital twin technology, a new research and standardization area for providing and viewing electronic representations of real-world entities. NIST said Friday it seeks comment on "Considerations for Digital Twin Technology and Emerging Standards," or Draft NISTIR 8356, and will receive responses until June 16th.

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House Lawmakers Say Legislation Would Help US Move Forward in Cyber Norm-Setting Process

Cyber Diplomacy

Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., said a cybersecurity bill that was reintroduced in the House would create a diplomatic path for the federal government to define norms and boundaries in cyberspace. A bipartisan group of five House members revived the Cyber Diplomacy Act in Feb. 2021 to establish an international cyberspace policy at the State Department. 

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FedRAMP Issues Updated Guidance Doc on Reporting Information Security Incidents

FedRAMP Incident

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has updated a document that details the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder in the cyber incident communication process. “Additionally, CSPs are responsible for responding to emergency inquiries from FedRAMP, including those that are the result of the issuance of CISA Emergency Directives,” the document reads.

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Senators Introduce Bill Amid Potential $23B F-35 Sale to UAE; Sen. Bob Menendez Quoted

F-35 Fighter Jets

Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., have proposed a bill that would require congressional oversight of the sale of U.S. military systems to foreign governments. The introduction of the Secure F-35 Exports Act of 2021 comes as the White House looks to proceed with an estimated $23 billion foreign military sale of F-35 fighter jets and drones to the United Arab Emirates. 

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DOD Deputy CIO Frederick Moorefield Highlights Need U.S. to Join International Spectrum Policies Development

Frederick Moorefield

Frederick Moorefield, deputy chief information officer (CIO) of the Department of Defense (DOD), said Chinese, Russian and other near-peer countries' push for the development of electromagnetic warfare capabilities is one of the principal reasons why the U.S. should renew its engagement with the development of international law regarding telecommunications standards.

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GAO: Federal Government Should Prioritize Cybersecurity, IT Acquisitions Management

IT Acquisition Management

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to address two high-risk areas: ensuring cybersecurity and improving information technology acquisitions and operations. GAO recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for national cybersecurity and global cyberspace, mitigate supply chain risks and improve the federal response to cyber incidents

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Senators Introduce Legislation to Assist DOD Quantum Computing Efforts; Sen. Maggie Hassan Quote

U.S. Senate

Congress is pushing for the Department of Defense (DOD) to improve its workforce in the highly specialized quantum computing field. Sens. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H. and John Thune, R-S.D have introduced two bills aimed at streamlining pipelines for the DOD and the private sector to acquire students graduating with quantum-related degrees.

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Army Researchers See Potential of Low-Cost Tech in Dynamic Threat Training; Eric Holder Quoted

U.S. Army

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) wants the service to use low-cost threat simulation technologies that train warfighters to address dynamic threats. ARL believes low-cost threat emitters can work with existing, similar technologies that support training and research at Fort Huachuca's Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and other military sites. These emitters simulate a battlefield with dynamic scenarios.

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