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Category Archives: Defense

Violence Against Women and International Law

Via LLRXViolence Against Women and International Law – LLRX is highlighting research sources for their relevance and relationship to this site’s Israel-Hamas War Project articles. This guide by Sabrina I. Pacifici will be updated moving forward and currently includes 8 pertinent sources comprising government reports, academic papers, reviews of UN/NGO programs, news, databases, analysis and commentary.

Napoleon’s Kindle: Discover the Miniaturized Traveling Library That the Emperor Took on Military Campaigns

Open Culture: “Every piece of technology has a precedent. Most have several different types of precedents. You’ve probably used (and may well own) an eBook reader, for instance, but what would have afforded you a selection of reading material two or three centuries ago? If you were a Jacobean Englishman of means, you might have… Continue Reading

DHS CISA and UK NCSC Release Joint Guidelines for Secure AI System Development

“Taking a significant step forward in addressing the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) today jointly released Guidelines for Secure AI System Development to help developers of any systems that use AI… Continue Reading

The Captagon Threat A Profile of Illicit Trade, Consumption, and Regional Realities

The Captagon Threat A Profile of Illicit Trade, Consumption, and Regional Realities By Caroline Rose and Alexander Söderholm Opinion – Assad’s drug empire is funding Iranian-backed militias and fueling Hamas By Josh Rogin: “After the Oct. 7 terrorist attack in Israel, several Hamas militants were reportedly found to be high on the illegal drug Captagon,… Continue Reading

Data Brokers and the Sale of Data on U.S. Military Personnel

Data Brokers and the Sale of Data on U.S. Military Personnel Risks to Privacy, Safety, and National Security, By Justin Sherman, Hayley Barton, Aden Klein, Brady Kruse, and Anushka Srinivasan, Duke University, November 2023. “Overview: The data brokerage ecosystem is a multi-billion-dollar industry comprised of companies gathering, inferring, aggregating, and then selling, licensing, and sharing… Continue Reading

Israel and Hamas: Major Conflict After Surprise Attacks

CRS Insight – Israel and Hamas: Major Conflict After Surprise Attacks: “On October 7, 2023, Gaza Strip-based militants led by the Palestinian Sunni Islamist group Hamas (a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, or FTO) engaged in a series of surprise attacks by land, sea, and air against Israel . The assault targeted Israeli military bases and… Continue Reading

An AntiMonopoly Approach to Governing Artificial Intelligence

An AntiMonopoly Approach to Governing Artificial Intelligence, Tejas Narechania & Ganesh Sitaraman. Vanderbilt Technology Accelerator for Political Economy & Regulation.. “Since OpenAI released ChatGPT in the fall of 2022, debates over regulating artificial intelligence (AI) among policymakers, technologists, and scholars have intensified. But for all the interest in regulating AI, there has been little discussion… Continue Reading

DOI Drones

“Through a FOIA request to the US Department of the Interior, journalist Ben Welsh has obtained and published the agency’s drone roster. For each of the 850+ remote-controlled aircraft, the dataset lists the agency bureau and office, drone manufacturer, model, cost, serial number, and more. The FOIA request also unearthed spreadsheets listing specific drone flights… Continue Reading

Contextualizing Deepfake Threats to Organizations

Joint CSI – Contextualizing Deepfake Threats to Organizations – Executive summary. “Threats from synthetic media, such as deepfakes, present a growing challenge for all users of modern technology and communications, including National Security Systems (NSS), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and national critical infrastructure owners and operators. As with many… Continue Reading

Bureau of Global Health Security and Diplomacy

The State Dept. created a new agency to deal with diseases as national security threats. “Health security is national security, and an infectious disease threat anywhere is a threat everywhere. U.S. leadership is critical to save lives domestically and globally by preventing, detecting, and responding to these health threats, in collaboration with international partners. The… Continue Reading

Experts: 90% of Online Content Will Be AI-Generated by 2026

Futurism: “Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet” has been pretty standard advice for quite some time now. And according to a new report from European law enforcement group Europol, we have all the reason in the world to step up that vigilance. “Experts estimate that as much as 90 percent of online content… Continue Reading

Stevens TechPulse Report reveals increased pessimism about AI’s impact on everyday life

Stevens Institute of Technology: “The third annual TechPulse Report compared trends longitudinally with Stevens’ previous TechPulse survey completed in 2021 and polled new questions specifically on Americans’ perceptions of generative AI, which has increased in popularity and controversy recently. Main finding: Despite adult’s knowledge of AI and perceived daily interactions with it remain unchanged after… Continue Reading