Trump New Competition Seeks to Dead Opioid Trafficking Through the Mail

Four agencies team up to offer $1.55 million in prize money for new tools and technology to solve long-running problem. The Trump administration announced on Tuesday a new competition with interagency backing to reward private citizens who develop new tools and technologies that help identify illicit opioids trafficked through international mail. Four agencies are collaborating to implement the competition with $1.55...

Sources Say: Alibaba Is The Force Behind Hit Chinese Communist Party

A Chinese government propaganda app that recently became a huge hit was developed by Alibaba, two people at the company told Reuters, at a time when the nation’s tech firms are under global scrutiny over their ties to Beijing. Xuexi Qiangguo, which literally translates as ‘Study to make China strong’ and is a play on the government propaganda theme of...

Tech This Out: Pentagon Thinks AI Could Help Troops Telepathically Control Machines

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking to build artificial intelligence into neural interfaces to let humans control machines with their thoughts. The Pentagon’s research office is exploring how artificial intelligence can improve technologies that link troops’ brains and bodies to military systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently began recruiting teams to research how AI tools could augment...

Germany Ready To Consult Industry About Blockchain Potential

Germany has opened a consultation process on how to tap into the potential of blockchain technology ahead of presenting a strategy by the summer, government sources said on Monday. Berlin is a hub for startup companies of which around 170 in one way or another look at blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins the bitcoin currency. There is great interest...

24 Million People In America Still Can’t Get Broadband Internet Service

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas. The Trump administration announced a rural broadband initiative on Wednesday, saying federal agencies will work together to help companies deploy high-speed internet access in locations without service. As part of the effort, which is being called the American Broadband Initiative,...

Tech This Out: The U.S. Military Is Chopping Up Its Iron Man Suit For Parts

When Adm. William McRaven announced in May 2013 that the military would create a next-generation, bulletproof super suit for elite soldiers, the effort immediately became an object of hype, speculation, and skepticism. The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, project—more popularly known as Iron Man—sounded like it came from a Stan Lee fever dream. It was meant to endow its wearer with...

Coders: Making America Great

The civic tech organization is focused on four big problems. In the civic tech community, Code for America’s annual summit is an important gathering to learn from and interact with the best and brightest in the world of government technology. This week, the San Francisco-based organization released its call for proposals for the 2019 summit, which is scheduled for May 29-31...

Could China Be The World’s Most Perfect ‘Surveillance State’

China's growing prowess in cyberspace is a bigger, more dangerous threat to the United States than Russia's attempt to undermine U.S. elections, Washington's top intelligence official said, warning that Beijing is on a path that could lead to global supremacy. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats characterized the Chinese threat as deliberate, methodical and subtle, allowing it to escape the...

US Government Hacker Jailed After Stupid Move

Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, who developed hacking tools for the National Security Agency, illegally stored material on his home computer. A man who illegally took home hacking tools from his workplace at the National Security Agency, and then allegedly lost them to Russian intelligence, has been jailed for five years and six months. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, developed hacking tools at...

White House ‘Plans To Investigate Facebook and Google’

The White House has drafted an executive order for Donald Trump which would instruct federal agencies to investigate the business practices of technology giants including Facebook and Google. Without naming specific companies, a draft copy of the order, obtained by Bloomberg, instructs antitrust (competition law) authorities to "thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust...