GM begins production of ventilators for U.S. government

GM | April 14, 2020

GM begins production of ventilators for U.S. government
General Motors Co said on Tuesday it had started producing ventilators in the volume needed to treat severely ill coronavirus patients and would deliver the first batch of the medical equipment to the U.S. government this month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nine contracts totaling nearly $2.6 billion to produce 137,000 ventilators by the end of 2020 for the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile, including a contract to GM worth $489.4 million for 30,000 ventilators by the end of August after President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act.

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Intel to Collaborate with Microsoft on Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Program

Intel | March 09, 2021

What’s New: Intel today announced that it has signed a concurrence with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to act in its Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program. The program intends to build up a gas pedal for completely homomorphic encryption (FHE). Microsoft is the key cloud biological system and homomorphic encryption accomplice driving the business selection of the innovation once created by testing it in its cloud contributions, including Microsoft Azure and the Microsoft JEDI cloud, with the U.S. government. The multiyear program addresses a cross-collaboration across different Intel gatherings, including Intel Labs, the Design Engineering Group and the Data Platforms Group, to handle "the last outskirts" in data security, which is registering on completely encoded data without admittance to decoding keys. “Fully homomorphic encryption remains the holy grail in the quest to keep data secure while in use. Despite strong advances in trusted execution environments and other confidential computing technologies to protect data while at rest and in transit, data is unencrypted during computation, opening the possibility of potential attacks at this stage. This frequently inhibits our ability to fully share and extract the maximum value out of data. We are pleased to be chosen as a technology partner by DARPA and look forward to working with them as well as Microsoft to advance this next chapter in confidential computing and unlock the promise of fully homomorphic encryption for all.” – Rosario Cammarota, principal engineer, Intel Labs, and principal investigator, DARPA DPRIVE program Why It Matters: Ensuring the privacy of basic data — regardless of whether individual data or corporate intellectual property — is of key significance to organizations. Today, many depend on an assortment of data encryption strategies to secure data while it is on the way, being used and very still. Notwithstanding, these methods necessitate that data be unscrambled for preparing. It is during this decoded express that data can turn out to be more powerless for abuse. Completely homomorphic encryption empowers clients to register on consistently scrambled data, or cryptograms. The data never should be unscrambled, lessening the potential for cyberthreats. FHE, when actualized at scale, would empower associations to utilize methods, for example, AI, to separate full an incentive from enormous datasets while ensuring data classification across the data's life cycle. Clients across businesses like medical care, protection and money would profit by new uses made conceivable by having the option to utilize and separate an incentive from delicate data to its fullest degree without danger of openness. About Democratizing Adoption of Fully Homomorphic Encryption: FHE selection in the business has been moderate since preparing data utilizing completely homomorphic encryption techniques on cryptograms is data concentrated and brings about a gigantic "execution charge" in any event, for straightforward tasks. Under the DARPA DPRIVE program, Intel plans to plan an application-explicit coordinated circuit (ASIC) gas pedal to decrease the exhibition overhead as of now connected with completely homomorphic encryption. At the point when completely understood, the gas pedal could convey an enormous improvement in executing FHE responsibilities over existing CPU-driven frameworks, possibly lessening cryptograms' handling time by five significant degrees. With its mastery in cloud framework, programming stacks and completely homomorphic encryption, Microsoft will be a basic accomplice in speeding up the commercialization of this innovation when prepared, empowering free data sharing and coordinated effort while advancing protection all through the data life cycle. “We are pleased to bring our expertise in cloud computing and homomorphic encryption to the DARPA DPRIVE program, collaborating with Intel to advance this transformative technology when ready into commercial usages that will help our customers close the last-mile gap in data confidentiality —– keeping data fully secure and private, whether in storage, transit or use,” said Dr. William Chappell, chief technology officer, Azure Global, and vice president, Mission Systems, Microsoft. What’s Next: The multiyear DARPA DPRIVE program will traverse a few stages beginning with the plan, advancement and check of essential IP hinders that will be incorporated into a framework on-chip and a full programming stack. All through the undertaking, Intel will survey progress against pre-set up execution focuses on man-made consciousness preparing and derivation responsibilities utilizing homomorphically scrambled data at scale.1 Beyond the advancement of the center innovations required for the plan of the gas pedal, Intel and Microsoft will work with worldwide principles bodies to create global norms for FHE. Intel will likewise keep on putting resources into continuous scholastic examination in the field. About Intel Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) is an industry leader, creating world-changing technology that enables global progress and enriches lives. Inspired by Moore’s Law, we continuously work to advance the design and manufacturing of semiconductors to help address our customers’ greatest challenges. By embedding intelligence in the cloud, network, edge and every kind of computing device, we unleash the potential of data to transform business and society for the better.

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NiSource Announces Leadership Changes in Legal and Federal Government Affairs

NiSource | October 23, 2020

NiSource (NYSE: NI) announced today that following the closing of the sale of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts (CMA) to Eversource, Carrie Hightman, executive vice president, chief legal officer, NiSource and CEO and president of CMA, stepped down from her CMA roles. In addition, Hightman will be leaving NiSource in January 2021, and her position overseeing Legal and Federal Government Affairs will be eliminated. "The Board of Directors and I are deeply grateful for Carrie's leadership and exceptional legal counsel throughout her 13 years at NiSource. Carrie's impact has been immeasurable, most recently having successfully led the transition of CMA to Eversource, and also through her elevation of the Legal and Federal Government Affairs functions. All of us at NiSource and our operating companies wish her well in retirement," said Joe Hamrock, president and CEO of NiSource.

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A new US government report explores how blockchains could be used to track drones carrying medical supplies

The Block | April 27, 2020

Commercial drone delivery is becoming a serious business, but it still faces technical challenges related to data sharing and trust. Blockchains could help with that, a report published April 15 by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) contends. Companies and governments all over the world are using unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) to deliver essential products, like medicines. For instance, last year Ghana launched the world's largest medical drone delivery service, which takes up to 600 on-demand flights per day to 2,000 health facilities spread across the country.

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