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32 Optometrists Without Indoor Plumbing And Other Facts You Can Find In Census Data

May 22, 2017 As the Census Bureau gears up for the 2020 survey, government leadership and tech companies alike are thinking of new ways to present demographic data. Census' chief customer experience officer is looking internationally for templates: for instance, a nongovernmental organization in the Netherlands, called Statistics Netherlands, visualizes national census data...

Pentagon Mapmakers Want To Tap Mobile Ad Technology. Here's Why.

May 22, 2017 While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency keeps its operations secret, it's looking into the some of the country's flashiest technology hotbeds for new ideas. The spy agency, whose mapping projects are used in combat support and general intelligence operations, has been sending staff to Boston, Austin and New York to absorb...

Pentagon Mapmakers Want To Tap Mobile Ad Technology. Here's Why.

May 19, 2017 While the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency keeps its operations secret, it's looking into the some of the country's flashiest technology hotbeds for new ideas. The spy agency, whose mapping projects are used in combat support and general intelligence operations, has been sending staff to Boston, Austin and New York to absorb...

McAfee VP: Cyber Executive Order Could Signal Windfall for Contractors

May 18, 2017 This week, the House passed a major bill that would create working capital funds agencies to modernize their internal technology. Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to update their cybersecurity practices and to hold agency heads, not chief information officers, accountable for incidents. What do...

Lawmakers To Trump: Without A Science Adviser, You'll Keep Falling For Fake News

May 18, 2017 Congressional Democrats are concerned President Donald Trump is vulnerable to fake news, especially regarding science. Members of the House Science Committee penned a letter to the president, urging him to fill a top White House science position and to avoid pseudoscience. Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., led the group. Without a...

Bill Aims to Clarify When and How the Government Discloses Software Vulnerabilities

May 17, 2017 On the heels of a major ransomware attack that first plagued the national health service in Britain and then spread globally, U.S. lawmakers want to codify the process by which the government shares newly discovered vulnerabilities with software vendors and the public. A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill...

Hiring Cyber Talent Is Key In Pentagon's Potential 'Offensive Measures'

May 17, 2017 The Senate Armed Services’ cyber subcommittee wants the Defense Department to be ready for offensive cyber operations and to recruit supporting talent. The federal government needs to be prepared to "engage in offensive measures, if required," SASC Deputy General Counsel Samantha Clark said on a panel Tuesday at the Executive...

GAO Lists Pros and Cons of Internet of Things for Congress

May 16, 2017 Congress has recently been interested in the internet of things—a term for a connected network of devices and sensors—and tasked a federal watchdog to investigate its costs and benefits. The Government Accountability Office's findings? That the internet of things stands to benefit consumers and the public sector. High-tech baby clothes,...

Open Data Needs More than Executive Orders, Think Tank Says

May 15, 2017 Executive orders aren't enough to bolster federal open data programs, and Congress needs to step up, a technology advocacy group says. Congress has taken a handful of meaningful steps recently to encourage federal agencies to share data with each other and the public, according to a new Center for Data...

DARPA Wants Artificial Intelligence That Doesn't Forget Everything It Knows

May 15, 2017 Biological organisms are pretty good at navigating life’s unpredictability, but computers are embarrassingly bad at it. That’s the crux of a new military research program that aims to model artificially intelligent systems after the brains of living creatures. When an organism encounters a new environment or situation, it relies on...

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