Government to Restrict Sale of AI for Satellite Image Analysis

Nextgov | January 07, 2020

The use of machine learning and AI to analyze satellite images could revolutionize the way governments, militaries, investors, and researchers track changes in the world around them. But if you’re a U.S. maker of such software, it’s about to become harder to export your products. The federal rule change, published on Monday, affects software “‘specially designed’” to train deep learning neural networks “on the analysis of geospatial imagery.” The software would be classified as a dual-use technology under the Wassenaar Arrangement, subject to many of the same restrictions for exporting arms. The rule will go into effect in 60 days, though the public may submit comments on the rule for another 60 days after that.

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Civic technology merges technology innovation with civic purpose. Using civic applications, open data platforms, and a range of other technologies, civic tech connects citizens, tourists, and businesses with government services and government workers to make civic engagement and government infrastructure more effective. Tech-savvy government leaders, nonprofits, and civic start-ups are creating new technology-enabled services that make it easier for business to work with government, for citizens to fulfill their civic obligations, and for government workers to do their jobs. These services improve:

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