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Alexandra Kelley

Staff Correspondent, Nextgov/FCW

Alexandra Kelley
Alexandra Kelley reports on emerging technology for Nextgov/FCW. 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.
Artificial Intelligence

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. 

Artificial Intelligence

NIST inks partnership to put safety at the intersection of AI and genetic research

A new partnership between NIST and the Engineering Biology Research Consortium looks to secure biotechnologies from being exploited by powerful AI systems.

Artificial Intelligence

NTIA explores the benefits and risks of open-weight AI models

A new request for information issued by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration will inform regulatory policy on open-weight models.

Artificial Intelligence

House forms new task force to tackle AI

The bipartisan collection of 24 lawmakers will work together to push policy on artificial intelligence forward.

Artificial Intelligence

FTC cracks down on AI impersonation scammers

The Federal Trade Commission is looking to extend its authority to target fraudsters impersonating individuals in scams. The proposed rule covers the misuse of generative artificial intelligence and other technologies.

Emerging Tech

NIST calls for quantum tech experts to join advisory group

As global agencies are preparing to set standards in quantum technology, NIST is working on forming a U.S. delegation to represent American perspectives.

Emerging Tech

Senate lawmakers look to set standards for educating America’s AI workforce

New legislation would model emerging tech training on processes used to establish NIST’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education.

Artificial Intelligence

SEC chair: Existing financial law can be applied to AI regulatory debate

The head Securities and Exchange Commission discussed the potential pitfalls of leveraging AI in investment banking, underscoring the need to prioritize consumers.

Cybersecurity

DHS inventory of AI systems for cybersecurity is ‘not accurate’, oversight report says

The report calls on the DHS to better verify its AI inventory submissions and for CISA to develop AI cybersecurity progress metrics.

Artificial Intelligence

Commerce announces AI safety consortium

The new stakeholder group, based at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will help drive AI safety standards.

Artificial Intelligence

AI regulation will come from existing frameworks — not a new agency — lawmakers say

A single, overarching AI regulation package or a new AI regulatory agency is unlikely to emerge from Congress, members said.

Artificial Intelligence

House lawmakers say existing regulatory powers can police generative AI abuse

Reps. Marcus Molinaro and Don Beyer discussed how legislative action – on a state and federal level – is needed to continue to police new generative artificial intelligence usage.

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft launches ‘first in a series’ of updates to its federal Azure OpenAI capabilities

Customers with an Azure Government account will be able to use more advanced generative artificial intelligence features within Microsoft and OpenAI’s partnership.

Emerging Tech

IARPA launches program to solve error-prone building blocks of quantum computing

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will work to reduce the noise in quantum bits, which currently stand as a major hurdle to establishing fault-tolerant quantum computing.

Artificial Intelligence

Transportation launches $15M AI effort to improve US street infrastructure

The program marries existing agency priorities with emerging technologies, and asks small businesses to drive innovation in infrastructure data visualization.

Artificial Intelligence

Lawmakers seek to probe AI’s environmental impacts

A new bill would bring together the EPA and NIST to help Congress understand how AI is negatively or positively impacting the environment.

Emerging Tech

Oak Ridge public-private partnership looks to advance quantum tech for the power grid

The partnership between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and utility provider EPB aims to find ways that quantum technologies can enhance energy resilience. 

Artificial Intelligence

Agencies are on track with AI executive order deadlines, White House says

At the 90-day mark since President Joe Biden’s sweeping artificial intelligence executive order, agencies have met mandated timelines, with some initiatives ahead of schedule.

Artificial Intelligence

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.

Artificial Intelligence

FTC to probe big tech firms on AI deals

The Federal Trade Commission is looking deeper into major technology companies’ investments and partnerships with fellow artificial intelligence and cloud service providers.