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  • global bitcoin (naulicreative/Shutterstock.com)

    How blockchain helped bring down the Silk Road

    Blockchain's audit trail, coupled with federal subpoena power, made it possible for investigators to uncover the personal accounts linked to operators of the underground marketplace.

  • control room (Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com)

    Local police turn to feds for crime-solving tech

    For encryption-cracking solutions and DNA analysis, state and local law enforcement offices are looking for help from federal agencies with deeper pockets and research capabilities.

  • taking fingerprints (PRESSLAB/Shutterstock.com)

    Fingerprint capture tech improving, but not enough

    The Nail to Nail challenge aims to create a sensor system that produces a high-quality rolled fingerprint without relying on a trained device operator.

  • drone for agriculture (Suwin/Shutterstock.com)

    Drones gear up to fly beyond visible line of sight

    Based on three years of BVLOS research with the Federal Aviation Administration, PrecisionHawk has incorporated the latest tracking and detect-and-avoid technology into its own products.

  • blockchains (Iaremenko Sergii/Shutterstock.com)

    DHS' place in the blockchain

    Supporting open standards and exploring use cases will help ensure interoperable supply-chain solutions and discourage counterfeiting, one DHS exec says.

  • bitcoin mining (archy13/Shutterstock.com)

    Cryptojacking spreads across the web

    Users are being tricked into downloading scripts that use their computers to perform the complex mathematical calculations required by distributed-ledger applications.

  • Army virtual training (Capt. Fernando Ochoa)

    Army plans unified virtual training environment

    The Synthetic Training Environment will combine today's training environments to better manage collective training across land, air, maritime, space and cyber domains.

  • blockchain (Immersion Imagery/Shutterstock.com)

    Bringing blockchain as a service to government

    As blockchain projects proliferate, major cloud service providers are making it easier for agencies to develop and use distributed ledger applications.

  • blockchain (Andrew Derr/Shutterstock.com)

    Forging a blockchain agencies can use

    Agency blockchain projects must address risk, change management and training as part of their strategy, a GAO exec says.

  • sounds of the city

    NGA wants a global map for ambient sound

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency wants to record, classify and map ambient sounds and acoustic features.

  • robot at keyboard (maxuser/Shutterstock.com)

    A DARPA-funded stab at AI-driven software development

    Bayou uses deep learning to help programmers write snippets of code that contain Java application programming interfaces.

  • digital key (Mott Jordan/Shutterstock.com)

    Making encryption easier with blockchain

    Moving public key infrastructure to a distributed ledger could offer a more secure, less expensive way to provide online authentication.

  • low earth orbit satellites (NASA)

    Encrypting satellite communications

    As defense agencies increasingly deploy constellations of low-earth orbit satellites, they want input into how to bake in security.

  • man vs robot race (Zenzen/Shutterstock.com)

    Agencies see big upsides to RPA

    Over 20 federal agencies are experimenting with robotic process automation, a technology that some estimate could save the federal government billions of dollars.

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  • phishing email (Abscent/Shutterstock.com)

    How agencies can protect against phishing attacks

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