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June 28th, 2018 at 10:29 pm

China is using robotic bird drones with cameras to monitor its citizens

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When you gaze into the sky, what do you see? If you happen to live in China, the answer might be surveillance drones disguised as birds, according to a new report from the South China Morning Post. The new report alleges that Chinese military and government agencies have been using undercover drones to spy on segments of the population, especially in an area of Western China that borders Russia, Mongolia, and Pakistan, among other countries.

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September 23rd, 2017 at 11:26 am

Revenge hacking is hitting the big time

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The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to break into their accounts. The legal option—waiting for law enforcement to investigate and perhaps apprehend the hackers—would have taken too long. So the bank was willing to try something else, and a team of security consultants offered to strike back.

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February 28th, 2017 at 6:23 pm

The Data-Driven Transformation of Intelligence

When “little green men” invaded Crimea in early 2014, they left a data trail that went largely unnoticed by the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC).  Distracted by a large Russian exercise to the west, the IC did not connect the digital dots that indicated the impending invasion.  In the Information Age, the “dots” are more plentiful and glaring as everyone now leaves a data trail.  Given that, how can intelligence analysts better gather, share, organize, and view data to reveal intent, more accurately predict behavior, and make better decisions with limited resources?

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November 18th, 2015 at 11:55 am

Are we moving from nation states to stateless nations?

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Philip Saunders: This is the age of disruption. What we’re witnessing is a shift from territorial monopolies on the use of force as a way of ordering civilization, toward a world of borderless civic networks. Or, in the words of Tom W. Bell, a move from nation states to stateless nations, which extend the dynamics of social networks into areas traditionally monopolized by government.

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September 24th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

White House declares broadband internet a necessity: Report

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Percentage of Households with Access to Download Speeds of 25 Megabits per Second or Greater, 2013.

The message of a new report that was commissioned by the White House says that Broadband internet access is no longer a luxury but a necessity.

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September 9th, 2015 at 7:55 pm

North Dakota police can now weaponize their drones

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A bill in North Dakota is aimed at making sure that police didn’t put weapons on drones has turned into a bill that accomplished exactly the opposite. North Dakota police can now put Tasers, pepper spray, and all types of non-lethal weapons on their drones.

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August 24th, 2015 at 5:46 pm

MIA federal rules stall Colorado’s ready-to-fly dronemakers

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In Colorado, 15 of the first 500 FAA exemptions were granted to permit commercial drones to fly. But enabling those and other waiting businesses to spur an estimated $232 million in economic impact — and create more than 1,190 jobs — in Colorado by 2017 hinges on long-delayed rules based on a 1946 U.S. Supreme Court case filed by a poultry farmer.

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August 3rd, 2015 at 7:58 pm

Nine popular websites that are still blocked in China

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There’s a good chance the Great Firewall of China will shut you down if you don’t comply with the Chinese government’s regulations in censoring politically sensitive information.

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June 16th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Finland’s new government commits to Basic Income experiment

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The new government in Finland has committed to a Basic Income experiment as part of its program for government which was published in May. The commitment consists of one line: ‘Implement a Basic Income experiment’, in the ‘Health and Welfare’ section of the program.

 

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May 29th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

What if we didn’t all have to work to get paid?

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Scott Santens has been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats for life.”  But what Santens really wants to know is, “If you build a robot to fish, do all men starve, or do all men eat?”   Continue Reading »

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