Emerging Tech

Chinese internet users turn to the blockchain to fight against government censorship

Truly decentralized blockchains can challenge authoritarian nations' grip over their populations, but government-friendly versions are being developed that help suppress content objectionable to the Chinese.

Cybersecurity

Trying to craft global cyber limits

The Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace is hashing out fundamental principles that states, non-state actors and private industry should follow in the digital domain.

Cybersecurity

Countering Russian disinformation the Baltic nations' way

Because of their political and technical sophistication, a 2018 study rated Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania the three European Union members best at responding to Russian disinformation.

Cybersecurity

How facial recognition technology aids police

Unlike in border control applications -- where the environment is controlled -- when supporting street policing, facial recognition algorithms make suggestions about possible similarities to police who must then confirm or refute them.

Data & Analytics

The promise and problems of including 'big data' in official government statistics

Although digital data may promise greater timeliness and efficiency compared to the traditional paper-based census, using it to measure populations and economies is not without challenges.

Emerging Tech

USAID is making medical deliveries via drone a reality

The U.S. Agency for International Development is taking a new approach to the last leg of the supply chain.

Cybersecurity

Improving information sharing across the Atlantic

Agreement on data handling practices combined with advanced technologies can create a trusted threat intel sharing environment between the U.S. and its European allies.

FirstNet brings internet to tribal police

By connecting to the nationwide wireless broadband public safety network, the Oglala Sioux Police Department in South Dakota now has internet access as it patrols one of the largest land-based tribal reservations in the U.S.

Cybersecurity

Russia targeting network infrastructure, US and UK officials warn

For more than a year, Russia-aligned cyber entities have been using a series of exploits to target millions of network devices.

Cybersecurity

Estonia experiments with blockchain, smart services and 'data embassies'

Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid discussed how the country's digital service and security efforts serve its citizens.

Cybersecurity

Has .gov been pwned?

The Australian and UK governments now have centralized access to Have I Been Pwned, a service that will let them monitor whether their domains' email addresses have been compromised.

Cybersecurity

North Korea's growing criminal cyber threat

North Korea's cyber warriors work primarily for the government, stealing money that is then used to fund its cash-strapped government.

Emerging Tech

Virtual training for international drug investigators

LAW-TRAIN, which lets investigators practice conducting interviews in a virtual, multicultural context, is part of a growing range of mixed-reality training platforms.

Cybersecurity

How the UK created her majesty's cyber service

Britain's Active Cyber Defence program offers agencies basic, automated cybersecurity services to protect "the majority of the people from the majority of the harm from the majority of the attacks the majority of the time."

Cybersecurity

Big-time biometrics: India's Aadhaar project

By enrolling its 1.3 billion residents in a biometric ID program, India can transform how citizens, governments and businesses interact.

Cybersecurity

When is 'not a backdoor' just a backdoor? Australia's struggle with encryption

It's worth being skeptical of any mechanism aimed at accessing encrypted messages on platforms like WhatsApp.

Data & Analytics

U.S. slips in worldwide open data rankings

Scores vary based on the type of data, but most categories are missing the key data identifiers that make the information useful.

Cybersecurity

Cyber defenders hone skills in international wargame

For Locked Shields 2017, 800 participants from 25 nations defended a fictional military air base in the face of attacks on its electric power grid, drones, military command and control systems and other operational infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

Cyber attacks 10 years on: from disruption to disinformation

Since the cyber attack on Estonia in 2007, internet-based incursions have escalated massively, but their targets have become more diffuse, indicating future attacks may target information and opinion.

Cybersecurity

Police around the world learn to fight global-scale cybercrime

The multinational cooperation involved in successfully taking down the Avalanche network can be a model for future efforts in fighting digital crime.

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