Lawmakers Press Trump on Sanctions Against Turkey

The Wall Street Journal | July 21, 2019

President Trump plans to meet with a group of senators at the White House this week to discuss possible sanctions against Turkey as pressure mounts from lawmakers to punish Ankara for its recent purchase of a Russian missile defense system. Mr. Trump said last week that the U.S. would withhold sales of advanced F 35 stealth jet fighters to Turkey after Ankara received the new S 400 air defense system from Russia. The U.S. is move drew protest from Ankara and exerted new strain on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

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A federal government shutdown is stoking a fiery national debate about government spending this week, mostly consumed by health care, immigration, and defense spending. For state and local governments, however, the issue most disrupting government spending is mass incarceration.

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A federal government shutdown is stoking a fiery national debate about government spending this week, mostly consumed by health care, immigration, and defense spending. For state and local governments, however, the issue most disrupting government spending is mass incarceration.

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Cyabra Listed on GSA Schedule Offering their Disinformation Detection and Sentiment Analysis SaaS to the Public Sector

Cyabra | May 05, 2021

Cyabra is pleased to announce today that it has been added to the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) by U.S. partners Winvale and Mosaic. Cyabra is the first and only tool available through GSA that combines social opinion analysis, deepfake, and disinformation identification in a single SaaS platform, allowing US government agencies to respond to evolving online threats in real-time. Cyabra, based in Israel with offices in New York, enables private sector clients and government bodies to fight cyber disinformation in real-time, preventing and monitoring intervention in elections, government campaigns, public health crises, and other areas. Cyabra's GSA schedule is available from Winvale, a U.S. government contractor and consulting company that partners with reputable firms including Lowes, Palantir, Jacobs, and others. “We understand the importance of government departments taking constructive action in the fight against misinformation and disinformation,” said Cyabra CEO Dan Brahmy. “Our mission is to keep the internet clean and truthful, and we are pleased to collaborate with Mosaic and Winvale to allow government agencies to protect public discourse and media consumption.” GSA Schedule Contracts allow government buyers to invest more than $30 billion a year. The GSA is one of the most commonly used government contract vehicles because it simplifies government procurement and can be used by any federal entity as well as some state and local agencies. The GSA Contract will allow Cyabra to extend, optimize, and solidify its technology footprint in the US public sector by utilizing strong relationships with various US government clients. Currently, Cyabra's platform provides the following services to government agencies: • Identification of behavioral patterns typical of fakes profiles such as bots, trolls, and sock puppets • Real-time social media sentiment analysis • Foreign language auto-translation functionality • Detection of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN), more commonly known as deep fakes, a class of machine learning bad actors used to create realistic images and videos • Tracking and analysis of the dissemination of information, measuring how it spreads and creates snowball effects About Cyabra Cyabra is an advanced social analytics platform that prevents organizations from disinformation and assists accounts in today's ever-changing digital world. Cyabra connects dots and measures effects by breaking through the layers of online conversations in real-time. Customers can use the platform's powerful lens to understand narratives, discover trends, and engage true audiences. Cyabra was founded by a team of leading information warfare experts, and its executives use their skills to reverse engineer bad actor technology and research new media trends, assisting customers in keeping a track of online conversations and countering disinformation.

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Akamai Comments on National Security Council and White House Open Source Software Security Summit

Akamai | January 14, 2022

Akamai Technologies, Inc. , the world's most trusted solution to power and protect digital experiences, today participated in the White House Open Source Software Security Summit and released the following statement: Akamai was pleased to participate in the White House Open Source Software Security Summit today, and appreciated the opportunity to share our perspective and recommendations on this important topic. Improving the security of open source software is vital, as it is critical to the internet ecosystem. However, the ability to quickly contain the impact of a vulnerability once it is discovered is equally significant. This meeting was particularly timely, given the recent Log4j vulnerability detection. We applaud the administration's proactive leadership to tackle this important issue, which, if left unchecked, can have far-reaching negative impacts for both the government and the private sector. Akamai asserts that businesses must invest time and resources into open source software to ensure continued innovation and security. Akamai has a long history of working with the open source community and contributing to open standards. This includes work with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), OpenSSL, and the Linux Kernel. We are evaluating how we can expand those commitments this year. Akamai advocates for the following five pillars through continued partnership with our customers — many of which are leaders in their respective industries — and in collaboration with the White House, National Security Council, and broader technology community: Increase visibility into reliance on open source technologies — many companies don't fully know the open source code that lives in their environments. Only by gaining visibility into the network and its code stack can we reliably address security flaws when they occur. Log4j was a black swan event, but serves as a potent reminder that the government and private sector need to prioritize investments into tools and technologies. Identify key open source libraries and support strong ownership and vulnerability management — threat actors comb open source libraries to find vulnerabilities like Log4j. The technology community must provide support — via active participation in projects and financial investment — to the open source communities we depend on. Build reliable containment plans for when exploits are identified — we are never going to eliminate vulnerabilities, so it's essential we have effective containment policies in place to help protect businesses and consumers. We can accomplish this via actionable reporting processes and supporting technology solutions. Improve cross-government and industry information sharing when vulnerabilities are first identified — the more eyes that we can get on a problem, the quicker the problem can be fixed. By building an information-sharing community of trusted security providers, we can ensure that vulnerabilities are addressed and that patches reach wide distribution faster. Expand government authorization of solutions to increase defenses — adversaries evolve quickly, and the government needs to be agile to ensure its defenses can protect important government systems and key infrastructure. In some instances, an emergency authorization of technology from trusted providers would enable fast implementation of solutions not yet FedRAMP certified to quickly enable protection against new threats. About Akamai Akamai powers and protects life online. The most innovative companies worldwide choose Akamai to secure and deliver their digital experiences — helping billions of people live, work, and play every day. With the world's largest and most trusted edge platform, Akamai keeps apps, code, and experiences closer to users — and threats farther away.

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Kraken Awarded Robotics as a Service (RaaS) Contract from Government of Canada

Kraken Robotics Inc. | October 25, 2021

Kraken Robotics Inc. , Canada’s Ocean Company™, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Robotics as a Service (RaaS) contract with the Canadian government for testing of Kraken’s ultra-high resolution survey equipment with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). This $0.5 million contract is funded under the Canadian government’s Innovative Solutions Canada program, and the testing department for this service offering is the RCN’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic (FDU-A) based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The RCN has a mandate to develop and maintain an advanced sonar imaging and data storage capability for all three coasts, and to deploy this capability to national and international areas of interest. Under the contract, Kraken will deploy its KATFISH™ towed SAS sonar system and will integrate a Kraken Light Weight SAS (LW-SAS) onboard a Hydroid REMUS 100 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) owned by FDU-A. This contract will be completed by March 31, 2022. Augmenting the RCN’s Current Capabilities This contract will provide the RCN FDU-A access to cutting edge technology and high-resolution seabed data. FDU-A uses a number of different seabed imaging sonar solutions for their various mission requirements, including Towed Sonars Systems (typically deployed from a Kingston-class MCDV vessel, with a crew of 40 persons), and Light Weight Sonar Systems (typically deployed from REMUS-class AUVs). Kraken’s RaaS service can augment FDU-A’s existing capabilities, by providing them with significantly better data, at a much lower cost, and leveraging continuously improving capabilities. The contract involves testing the Kraken RaaS capability in two configurations: Towed KATFISH™ Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) system, deployed on a Surface Vessel of Opportunity (the R/V Ocean Seeker). This could also be tested onboard an RCN Asset (such as the Kingston-class MCDV). One purpose of the test is to show that in combination with RaaS, vessels of opportunity can also be used at a lower cost and higher availability to augment the RCN's capabilities. Untethered Light Weight SAS system, deployed on an RCN Underwater Vessel of Opportunity (REMUS 100 AUV), and tested with the KATFISH™ system above. A purpose of this test is to show that RaaS can be quickly added to existing RCN assets, to augment their capabilities. Benefits to the Navies Kraken believes its RaaS offering could provide significant benefits to other navies around the world. With Kraken RaaS, navies can access cutting edge technology “as needed”, without concern for equipment obsolescence, life cycle costs, or operator skill fade. As it relates specifically to the RCN, Kraken RaaS offers many advantages: Both RCN operating bases, MARLANT (Maritime Forces Atlantic) and MARPAC (Maritime Forces Pacific) are mandated to maintain Q-routes (safe passage lanes along the coasts and into designated harbors, of Canadian waters) on an annual basis. These surveys take a significant amount of time with current RCN technology due to image quality and speed of current towed bodies. Kraken’s technology would greatly enhance the image quality and reduce the time of the surveys significantly due to the advance in state-of-the-art technology. Kraken’s technology can be deployed to assist the RCN in mapping areas of interest ahead of regular exercises and operations, with the image quality required to enable change detection and optimize revisit rates. This has the potential to provide the RCN with a competitive edge for detecting bottom objects in complex seabeds. Kraken’s technology and service application can augment route survey activities while simultaneously supporting near shore hydrographic mapping and charting requirements on an annual basis with high-definition resolution, freeing up valuable Navy assets for other mission critical functions CEO Comments Commenting on this contract, Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO noted, “Kraken is excited to be able to offer RaaS to the RCN as an “Early Adopter” to augment existing RCN Route Survey with a Service offering based on the latest SAS technology available. Kraken seeks to offer our Robotics as a Service globally, in particular to other NATO allies, and this contract for the RCN’s evaluation will serve as an excellent reference. The RCN’s objective comparison of the data from our RaaS offering against legacy sonar data will provide demonstrative evidence of the superior image resolution and accuracy of Kraken survey data.” ABOUT KRAKEN ROBOTICS INC. Kraken Robotics Inc. (TSX.V:PNG) (OTCQB: KRKNF) is a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors, subsea batteries and thrusters, and underwater robotic systems. The company is headquartered in Newfoundland with offices in Canada, U.S., Germany, Denmark, and Brazil. In July 2021, Kraken acquired PanGeo Subsea, a leading services company specializing in high-resolution 3D acoustic imaging solutions for the sub-seabed. PanGeo with offices in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Kraken. Kraken is ranked as a Top 100 marine technology company by Marine Technology Reporter.

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