Ex-Russian Spies Say The U.S. Is Losing Because It Can’t Control Social Media

Government Executive | December 18, 2018

Ex-Russian Spies Say The U.S. Is Losing Because It Can’t Control Social Media
Two new reports about Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election offer the most detailed account yet of the tactics deployed to manipulate voters. They also underscore how difficult it’s going to be for U.S. intelligence agencies to keep that from happening again. Russian operatives were able to easily spread disinformation on social media due to the free-for-all nature of the internet, the reports show. (Both were commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee and released Nov. 17.) Curbing those freedoms has already proved hard in the U.S., partly due to resistance from social media companies, but also because clamping down on online communication goes against U.S. values, three former Russian spies tell Quartz.

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Session II: Legal Issues and Communications Session III: Development Session and City Bus Tour ,Council-Manager Form of Government Presented by: Bob Kiely, City Manager June 25, 2007 ,Politics Through A Glass Darkly “Businessmen by and large are willing to serve government. As cabinet members and commission chairmen and ambassadors, they have served the country well. They are usually timid, however, about getting involved in ‘politics’ and, through the media, in taking positions on a variety of issues. It is an understandable view: politics is probably the cruelest form of activity known to man, short of war or cannibalism. The ruthlessness of political relationships, the callous disregard for a minimum level of human kindness have to be seen to be believed.

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The Trump administration’s discussions with chipmakers were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, with the report adding that TSMC also has been talking with Apple Inc. Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial foundry. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), on the other hand, has been in talks with the U.S. Department of Commerce about building. The Trump administration is in talks with semiconductor companies about building chip factories in the United States, representatives from two chipmakers said on Sunday. Intel Corp (INTC.O) is in discussions with the United States Department of Defense over improving domestic sources for microelectronics and related technology, Intel spokesman William Moss. “Intel is well positioned to work with the U.S. government to operate a U.S.-owned commercial foundry and supply a broad range of secure microelectronics”, the statement added. Read More: US government agencies have shadow IT infrastructure problem, cybersecurity risks, says GAO Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC) (2330.TW), on the other hand, has been in talks with the U.S. Department of Commerce about building a U.S. factory but said it has not made a final decision yet. We are actively evaluating all the suitable locations, including in the U.S., but there is no concrete plan yet, TSMC spokeswoman Nina Kao. Intel Chief Executive Bob Swan wrote a letter to the Department of Defense in late March in which he expressed the company’s willingness to build a foundry - a term used in the industry to reference a chip factory - in partnership with the Pentagon. “This is more important than ever, given the uncertainty created by the current geopolitical environment”, Swan wrote in the letter dated March 30 and seen by Reuters on Sunday. It comes amid increasing diplomatic tensions between the U.S. and China during the coronavirus outbreak, with both sides trading barbs over who is to blame for the spread of the disease after already being involved in trade tensions for almost two years. “We currently think it is in the best interest of the United States and of Intel to explore how Intel could operate a commercial U.S. foundry to supply a broad range of microelectronics,” the letter from the Intel CEO added. The Trump administration’s discussions with chipmakers were reported earlier by the Wall Street Journal, with the report adding that TSMC also has been talking with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), one of its largest customers, about building a chip factory in the United States. TSMC declined to comment on the talks with the iPhone maker. The Journal had also reported that U.S. officials are looking at helping South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co (005930.KS), which has a chip factory in Austin, Texas, to expand its contract-manufacturing operations in the United States. A Samsung spokeswoman in Seoul declined to comment on Monday. The U.S. Commerce Department and Apple did not respond to requests for comment on Sunday. Read More: Federal Aviation Administration Announces Chosen Vendors to Set Technology Standards for New Drone-Tracking System About Intel Corporation We are a technology leader focused on unleashing the potential of data so that we can fulfill our purpose: Create world-changing technology that enriches the lives of every person on earth. This is our ultimate motivation and why we exist. www.intel.com

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has unexpectedly approved completely automated business drone trips by American Robotics. The organization's Scout System™ highlights progressed acoustic Detect-and-Avoid (DAA) innovation that empowers its robots to keep a protected separation from other airplane consistently. Approval archives distributed on the FAA site said that American Robotics proposed to station the Scout UA in fields at pre-reviewed destinations for broadened lengths, performing flight activities without the need to have a pilot co-situated nearby with the little UA. Tasks under the mentioned exception would just happen in Class G airspace in regions having light air traffic, in sunshine visual meteorological conditions (VMC), and would be restricted to 400 feet over the ground level (AGL). Singular missions would happen inside the limits of controlled admittance farmland (or comparative provincial, controlled-access conditions) claimed or constrained by American Robotics' clients. By building up a layered, repetitive arrangement of wellbeing that incorporates exclusive specialized and operational danger alleviations, American Robotics had the option to demonstrate that completely automated business drone flights can be directed securely in the National Airspace System (NAS), in any event, when it conducts trips Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) of the administrator. The approval of completely automated business drone flights speaks to a vital emphasis point in the business. Earlier waivers and certificates granted by the FAA required visual eyewitnesses (VOs) positioned along the flight way to keep eyes on the airspace consistently or required other oppressive limitations, for example, framework covering. Thus, the worth and versatility of business drone use in the U.S. have, up to this point, been radically repressed or by and large dispensed with. “With these approvals, American Robotics is ushering in a new era of widespread automated drone operations,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics. “Decades worth of promise and projection are finally coming to fruition. We are proud to be the first company to meet the FAA’s comprehensive safety requirements, which had previously restricted the viability of drone use in the commercial sector. We are very grateful for the FAA’s willingness to work closely with American Robotics over the past four years on this precedent-setting authorization. With this set of approvals, American Robotics can begin safely operating our automated Scout platform for the benefit of the energy, infrastructure, agriculture, and security market verticals, helping unlock the projected $100 billion commercial drone market.” “Moreover, the operations will achieve a reduction in environmental impact, as they will involve a small aircraft carrying no passengers or crew, rather than a manned aircraft of significantly greater size. Given these considerations, the small [unmanned aircraft systems] UAS operation the petitioner will conduct under this exemption is in the public interest,” the FAA said.

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Lake Forest Institute on Local Government Session I: Lake Forest Government 101 and Finance Issues
Session II: Legal Issues and Communications Session III: Development Session and City Bus Tour ,Council-Manager Form of Government Presented by: Bob Kiely, City Manager June 25, 2007 ,Politics Through A Glass Darkly “Businessmen by and large are willing to serve government. As cabinet members and commission chairmen and ambassadors, they have served the country well. They are usually timid, however, about getting involved in ‘politics’ and, through the media, in taking positions on a variety of issues. It is an understandable view: politics is probably the cruelest form of activity known to man, short of war or cannibalism. The ruthlessness of political relationships, the callous disregard for a minimum level of human kindness have to be seen to be believed.