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Alexandra Kelley

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Alexandra Kelley
Alexandra Kelley reports on emerging technology for Nextgov. Her most recent post was covering breaking news for The Hill where she focused on a variety of quantitative subjects, including Big Tech and the economy, in addition to covering the coronavirus pandemic since late 2019. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2017.
Emerging Tech

NSF to Helm Nearly $50M Semiconductor Public-Private Partnership

The National Science Foundation will work alongside four private sector companies to spur developments in the U.S.-based semiconductor manufacturing field.

Emerging Tech

NIST Debuts Long-Anticipated AI Risk Management Framework

With the launch of the AI RMF 1.0, federal researchers focused on four core functions to structure how all organizations evaluate and introduce more trustworthy AI systems.


U.S. Officially Leads the Freedom Online Coalition for the First Time

The U.S. will helm the chairship position at the Freedom Online Coalition, focusing on promoting digital liberties and enforcing AI standards and safeguards.


Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Better Data Collection Plans for LGBTQI+ Community

After decades of demanding better data, the LGBTQI+ community will see more accurate and actionable representation in federal surveys, thanks to the new Evidence Agenda.

Emerging Tech

Plan for Federal AI Research and Development Resource Emphasizes Diversity in Innovation

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force released its operating framework, making the case for implementation.


What’s in a Word? FCC’s Proposed Data Breach Rule Redefines Key Terms

The public now has the opportunity to provide insight on the value and impact such redefinitions would have on incident reporting.


The Future of Quantum Security Will Be Encoded in Light, Researchers Hope

Swiss researchers, funded in part by the U.S., are developing a stronger network security countermeasure to combat the potential of a viable quantum computing system.


NIST Releases Potential Updates to Its Cybersecurity Framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to expand the cybersecurity guidance’s scope and foster more international collaboration, among other proposed changes.

Emerging Tech

Push for More Quantum Tech Investment Reaches World Economic Forum

WEF leadership announced the development of a new blueprint aimed at helping nations navigate the advent of quantum computing technologies.

Emerging Tech

Energy Allocates Over $2 Million Following Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

The U.S. government continues to invest in fusion power as the Department of Energy announced new funding for public-private partnerships.

Emerging Tech

FCC Releases Proposed Rule to Give Drones More Spectrum Access

As unmanned aircraft systems have increasingly versatile uses, the FCC wants comments on how best to share band access with more connected devices.

Emerging Tech

State Department Creates First Office Devoted to Emerging Technology Diplomacy

The Office of the Special Envoy for Critical and Emerging Technology will facilitate strategic partnerships to develop and regulate innovative tech.

CXO Briefing

National Science Foundation Spearheads New Funding to Improve Diversity in AI Workforce

In collaboration with six other federal groups, the NSF will focus on expanding minority-serving university offerings in artificial intelligence and machine learning education.


Portman Optimistic His Bipartisan Cyber Work Will ‘Carry On’ After Retirement

The tech advocate noted agencies still need good cyber hygiene and anticipates AI to be at the top of the Congressional tech policy agenda. 

Emerging Tech

Quantum Tech's Path to Commercialization Will Be a 2023 NIST Priority

The National Institute of Standards and Technology spearheaded applied quantum research in 2022, and looks to further stand up the growing industry in the coming year.


State Department Seeks Private Sector Collab on Space Infrastructure and Markets

The U.S. government is continuing its regulatory efforts of outer space’s emerging usages.

IT Modernization

Commerce Announces Over $18M in Digital Education Funding

The Biden administration allocated millions to help further technology access and digital literacy skills within five universities.

Emerging Tech

EVs, Building Emissions Among Biden’s Sustainable Energy Priorities

Public and private sector leaders discussed the first steps to overhauling the nation’s infrastructure in pursuit of a sustainable future.


Bipartisan Bill Aims to Prevent Money Laundering via Cryptocurrency Companies

The new legislation would apply existing financial regulations to digital asset wallets.


Standards Development a ‘Critical’ Issue for US-EU Trade and Tech Council

The bilateral group’s agenda heading into 2023 will include emerging technologies like quantum computing and artificial intelligence, State Department Undersecretary Jose Fernandez said.