Tagged: technology

I, Help: Robots…The Future of Disaster Relief

On December 20-21, 2013, robots flocked to DARPA’s [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s] Robotics Challenge in Homestead, Florida. The challenge was to present a machine that had, “the ability to perform a number of critical real-world disaster-response skills.” Sixteen teams presented their prototypes in hopes to win and receive funding...

The Future of Unmanned Vehicles: The DOD Roadmap

In an attempt to describe how unmanned systems are vital to the defense of the nation, the Department of Defense (DOD) has released a report on the importance of developing enhanced unmanned systems. This report, called the “Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap“, maps fiscal years 2013-2038 and discusses the unique challenges...

Where in the World is Santa? NORAD’s Santa-Tracking Technology

      “The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is a United States and Canada bi-national organization charged with the missions of aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for North America.” NORAD ensures air sovereignty and defense over the U.S. and Canada. NORAD is also the trusted source...

Digital Map Shows Real-Time Cyber Attacks

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is considered an attempt to make an online service unavailable by jamming or overwhelming it with traffic. These attacks may target a wide variety of frequently-used or critical resources, such as bank servers, news media outlets, or government websites. The new “Digital Attack...

Compare, Contrast, Constitute: New Program Provides Access to the World’s Constitutions

Around the world, new constitutions are written, rewritten, modified, and ratified every year. When creating a national constitution, authors often look to other nations for examples. Now, thanks to Google Ideas, we have the Constitute Project, a global platform for individuals to read, search, and compare constitutions from around the...

National Preparedness Month Blog: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has published a report titled, Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management, which provides a summary of a roundtable discussion hosted by the organization last September. At this meeting, participants from around the world "discussed the opportunities, challenges, and gaps in the use...

Targeted Technologies: Protecting the Nation Against the Threat of Stolen Tech

As our ability to share information increases every year, so too does the threat that our sensitive or secret technologies will be stolen by other nations. It is an important national security issue that requires accurate reporting in order to address issues related to stolen tech. The United States Defense...

Mapping Arms Data (MAD)

The Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO) and the Igarapé Institute have released an interactive visualization tool mapping out the global trade in small arms, light weapons, and ammunition from 1992 to 2011. This tool “reveals patterns and trends in the global trade of arms and ammunition, and draws attention...

Findings from the 2013 State of Cybercrime Survey

PricewaterhouseCoopers Firm (PwC) has released the most recent findings of its eleventh survey on cybercrime trends. The survey consulted 500 executives, security experts, and others from both the private and public sectors to uncover their views on the state of cybercrime. The “state of cybercrime” for the purposes of this...

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

The Council on Foreign Relations has published a report titled, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet. From the report: “Over the course of the last four decades, the Internet has developed from an obscure government science experiment to one of the cornerstones of modern life. It has transformed...