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Export control agency lacks funding and tech to manage its workload, official says 

The head of the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security gave lawmakers “an emphatic no” when asked if his office has the IT resources it needs to carry out its mission.

Pentagon official says US values will outcompete Beijing in AI 

The U.S. continues to lead the global AI arms race with China “because it's powered by a free and open society, committed to responsible-use values and ideals,” according to Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks.

US has shared AI security interests with ‘every country around the world,’ State official says

Seth Center, the State Department’s deputy envoy for critical and emerging technology, broke down the U.S. diplomatic approach to cultivating cohesive regulatory approaches. 

USAID wants help in crafting a playbook for global AI uses

The federal government’s latest artificial intelligence guidance is looking to take recommendations from earlier risk management documents.

Enhanced analytics can make tech export controls more effective, experts say

Export controls designed to limit Beijing’s access to sensitive U.S. technologies can be strengthened further if officials leverage AI and data science to identify gaps and weaknesses.

Lawmakers request extra $10M for NIST AI research

Four senators sent a letter to leadership on the Senate Appropriations Committee encouraging more funding for NIST’s efforts to standardize and test AI-centric technologies.

US and EU look for common ground on digital identity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants feedback on the EU-US Trade and Technology Council’s early attempt at mapping digital identity frameworks between the two entities.

U.S., global partners, ask software companies to focus on memory-safe code

New guidance for software developers from Five Eyes countries implores software developers to patch memory safety vulnerabilities and rethink the use of risky programming languages.

How a push to the cloud helped a Ukrainian bank keep faith with customers amid war

Ukraine’s largest bank preserved economic stability for 20 million customers amid an ongoing war with Russia.

AI can help predict nuclear threats, but also develop others faster, State report warns

A report from a State Department advisory board on AI’s impact on arms control, nonproliferation and verification warned that the tech “is likely to lower barriers to biological and chemical weapons development.”

Nevada Dem renews push for data privacy standards

The legislation would require companies to be more transparent about privacy practices and authorize the FTC to make rules limiting data collection to "reasonable" business purposes.

How the US aims to tackle the ‘collective action problem’ of ransomware

New efforts in the International Counter Ransomware Initiative intend to leverage automated systems to halt illicit financial transactions, according to a White House cyber official.

AI concerns continue as governments look for the right mix of regulations and protections

The technology is starting to rack up an impressive portfolio of success stories, but there could be dangers and downsides as well.

UK regulator targets competition in cloud industry

In a case with echoes for the U.S. market, Great Britain's competition regulator is investigating cloud vendor lock-in.

US cyber agencies in 'very close contact' with Israel after unprecedented Hamas attacks

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is “working in partnership” with Israeli cyber forces to thwart cyberattacks, a top official said on Thursday.

US, Japan warn of China-backed hackers lurking in networking gear

The joint advisory cautioned that a China-backed threat group called BlackTech is exploiting weaknesses in routers to hack government and industrial targets.