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Japan is now the 5th country to land on the Moon – the technology used will lend itself to future lunar missions

COMMENTARY | It’s Japan’s first lunar landing – making it only the fifth country in the world to successfully land on the Moon.

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Connecting researchers and legislators can lead to policies that reflect scientific evidence

COMMENTARY | Legislators make policy based on the information at hand, which isn’t always the latest scientific findings.

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Reining in AI means figuring out which regulation options are feasible, both technically and economically

COMMENTARY | One form of regulating AI is watermarking its output – the equivalent of AI signing its work.

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Data brokers know everything about you – what FTC case against ad tech giant Kochava reveals

COMMENTARY | Kochava’s secretive data acquisition and AI-aided analytics practices are commonplace in the global location data market.

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How federal agencies can accelerate IT systems modernization with AI

AI can explain older programming languages, assist in developing new code and expedite vulnerability remediation.

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Unleashing 'Evidence 2.0'

Commentary | The power of data linkages in evidence-based policymaking

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3 ways that generative AI can help transform human services

COMMENTARY | Generative AI can help government workers complete time-consuming administrative tasks, address gaps in agency operations, reduce wait times and improve language translation services.

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3 guardrails for sustainable AI implementation in the public sector

COMMENTARY | Starting with low-risk use cases can help build best practices while avoiding more significant pitfalls such as data leakages and security vulnerabilities.

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4 steps to prepare for the coming quantum onslaught

In 2024, governments must take the lead in acknowledging and addressing the quantum threat.

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AI provides a net advantage to federal cyber defenders — if they can use it

COMMENTARY | If agencies don’t invest and innovate internally and in partnership with industry and the research community, the cyber balance in the use of AI/ML can tip towards the attacker.

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A New Year's resolution to improve government forms

COMMENTARY | A good digital form uses human-centered design to ensure a positive and frictionless experience, one so easy you barely even think about it

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Digital inaccessibility: Blind and low-vision people have powerful technology but still face barriers to the digital world

COMMENTARY | Technologies often hit roadblocks because the information they are designed to work with – documents, websites and software programs – don’t work with them.

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When authoritative sources hold onto bad data

COMMENTARY | A legal scholar explains the need for government databases to retract information.

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How feds can create their own mini Chat GPT AI assistants

COMMENTARY | Configuring a mini-GPT can be a highly effective way to harness the awesome power of this new technology while mitigating many of the risks associated with generative AI.

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Taking open source risks seriously

COMMENTARY | Software bills of materials don't address what tech leaders should actually do to make sure open source components are safe to use.

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Can improving CX help restore trust in government?

COMMENTARY | To protect benefit programs from abuse while delivering a cohesive CX, agencies need to take an omnichannel approach that harmonizes online, mobile, call center and in-person contacts and incorporates robust remote identity proofing.

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Forget dystopian scenarios – AI is pervasive today, and the risks are often hidden

COMMENTARY | The AI most likely to cause you harm is not some malevolent superintelligence, but the loan algorithm at your bank.