Cybersecurity

Pentagon, NSA Laying Groundwork for AI-Powered Cyber Defenses

Officials are developing a consistent framework for collecting cyber data, which could ultimately help train tools to monitor networks and detect suspicious behavior.

Emerging Tech

How AI Will Predict Chinese and Russian Moves in the Pacific

As Pacific Air Forces builds a picture of normal traffic, they'll start looking for suspicious patterns — and even predict what's coming.

CIO Briefing

NIST Wants Help Investigating Deaths Caused by Hurricane Maria

The agency is specifically interested in how building failures contributed to the fatalities.

Emerging Tech

You Won't Believe How Well This Algorithm Spots Clickbait

With training from humans and machines, an artificial intelligence model can outperform other clickbait detectors, according to new research.

Cybersecurity

Why Hong Kongers Are Toppling Lampposts

For protesters, claims of Chinese surveillance are politically useful, even when they can’t be proved.

Emerging Tech

The Unsettling Rise of the Urban Narc App

It’s getting easier for city residents to use technology that can report bad drivers who block bike lanes. Welcome to the self-surveillance era of traffic safety.

Emerging Tech

VA, IBM Unveil AI-Powered Mental Fitness App to Help Vets Transitioning to Civilian Life

Individuals interested in participating in a field test to assess the new platform can apply to do so online.

Cybersecurity

The Pentagon Is Exploring New Ways to Isolate Its Networks

Three companies have already received multimillion-dollar contracts to explore new ways to protect the data flowing through the military’s IT systems.

IT Modernization

Defense Department Awards Its Other Multibillion Cloud Contract

The Marine Corps plans to test Defense Enterprise Office Solutions products in degraded environments.

Data

Pentagon Struggles to Address Service Member Suicides

Despite expanded initiatives, veteran and military suicides continue to rise.

IT Modernization

Leveraging Technology to Clear Criminal Records

Cook County, Illinois, will automatically expunge low-level convictions for marijuana offenses using software from Code for America.

Emerging Tech

TSA Launches Facial Recognition Pilot at Las Vegas Airport 

The agency will assess how the tech verifies travelers’ live facial images against pictures taken from travelers’ identity documents.

IT Modernization

Veterans Affairs Launches Digital National Cemetery 

The new interactive website streamlines information about 3.7 million veterans interred across NCA’s 136 national cemeteries.

CIO Briefing

TSA Agents Say They’re Not Discriminating Against Black Women, But Their Body Scanners Might Be

The full-body scanners at airports across the country frequently give false alarms for Afros, braids, twists and other hairstyles popular among black women.

CIO Briefing

When Transgender Travelers Walk Into Scanners, Invasive Searches Sometimes Wait on the Other Side

Transgender and gender nonconforming people say they have been pressured to expose their genitals during TSA searches at airports. The encounters stem from shortcomings in the agency’s technology and insufficient training of its staff.

IT Modernization

CBP to Process Billions in Trade Revenue Using IBM Cloud

The “mainframe-as-a-service” model allowed the agency to migrate one of its more resource-intensive processes to the cloud.

IT Modernization

VA’s Health Records Digitization Backlog Is 5 Miles High

Staff at Veterans Affairs medical facilities aren’t keeping up with the backlog of paper records that need to be digitized, with some outstanding documents dating back to 2016.

Emerging Tech

The Pentagon Is Turning to Nature to Solve Its Most Complex Problems

DARPA is exploring ways to harness chemical reactions, biological processes and other natural phenomena to build a more efficient computer.