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Strengthening 3-D printed parts for real-world use

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Strengthening 3-D printed parts for real-world use

- From aerospace and defense to digital dentistry and medical devices, 3-D printed parts are used in a variety of industries. Currently, 3-D printed parts are very fragile and only used in the prototyping phase of materials or as a toy for display. A doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University has pioneered a countermeasure to transform the landscape of 3-D printing today
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Here’s What You Need to Know Now About U.S. Customs Searches of Your Phone

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Here’s What You Need to Know Now About U.S. Customs Searches of Your Phone

- U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are allowed to search the contents of travelers’ phones but not their data stored exclusively on the cloud, according to a letter from federal officials. The letter, published by NBC News this week, was a response to Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, who wrote to the Department of Homeland Security in February, expressing alarm at “digital dragnet border searches” in which agents demanded access codes for cell phones so they could access information that would usually require a search warrant
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How a U.S. and Russian Cybersecurity Partnership Could Work

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How a U.S. and Russian Cybersecurity Partnership Could Work

- John Breeden II is an award-winning journalist and reviewer with over 20 years of experience covering technology and government. He is currently the CEO of the Tech Writers Bureau, a group that creates technological thought leadership content for organizations of all sizes. Twitter: @LabGuys. President Donald Trump made waves at the G20 Summit recently when he suggested the U.S. work with Russia to create a cybersecurity unit to guard against future election hacking
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Here’s Why a U.S.-Russia Cyber Working Group Could Do Some Good

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Here’s Why a U.S.-Russia Cyber Working Group Could Do Some Good

- President Donald Trump first announced and then stepped back from a plan to consult with the Russian government on cybersecurity this week, prompting jeers from critics who say it could be dangerously counterproductive to sit down with America’s greatest cyber adversary. While those experts uniformly rejected the idea of sharing any cyber intelligence with the Russians or cooperating on a “cybersecurity unit” as Trump proposed after a meeting during the G20 Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a U
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Democratic Senators Join Online Net Neutrality Protest

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Democratic Senators Join Online Net Neutrality Protest

- Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, joined major tech firms and internet activists in the Battle for the Net, an online protest of congressional efforts to roll back regulations governing net neutrality. Both senators have spoken out against Republican legislation to reverse a 2015 amendment that prohibits internet service providers from prioritizing certain websites over others. On Wednesday, they coupled with Google, Facebook, Netflix and thousands of other groups, urging citizens to submit letters to the Federal Communications Commission expressing their support for a “free and open internet
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Will Robots Take Our Jobs? Perceptions Matter As Much As Reality

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Will Robots Take Our Jobs? Perceptions Matter As Much As Reality

- Researchers and businesspeople are constantly guessing how many jobs robotics and artificial intelligence will destroy. Their prognostications range from the apocalyptic, to the mild, to the reasonably optimistic. But what does the average person think? People’s opinions matter: If they see AI as a threat to their job prospects, for instance, they might support politicians, such as US president Donald Trump, who promise to impede change or even bring back the past
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Stop Russian to Judgment on Our Products

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Stop Russian to Judgment on Our Products

- The Russian anti-virus magnate Eugene Kaspersky shot back Friday after a Senate committee urged banning his company’s products from U.S. Defense Department servers because of alleged ties to the Russian government. The move, Kaspersky charged, amounted to “allegations, ungrounded speculation and all sorts of other made-up things” driven by broader geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Russia, rather than any proven compromise of Kaspersky products
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DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

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DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

- The former head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arati Prabhakar, has a dream. It’s a civilian utopian neuroscience dream that’s kind of the inverse of the scenarios the far-out research wing of the military normally develops. In a presentation at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, she’d just shown a video from University of Utah research in which a soldier who’d lost his arms “felt” a virtual door through neural stimulation
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How to Break That Smartphone Addiction

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How to Break That Smartphone Addiction

- Smartphone and screen addiction is a real problem for many people. For most of us, chucking the iPhone in the garbage and buying a boutique dumbphone isn't really an option. Email apps and Google Maps have become indispensable to modern life. There are a few things you can do, however, to help keep you from endlessly scrolling. First, figure out which apps trip you up the most
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4 Lessons to Improve Your Agency’s Citizen Experience

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4 Lessons to Improve Your Agency’s Citizen Experience

- Tony D’Emidio is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington, D.C., office, and Kari Hernandez is an engagement manager in the Stamford office. In our two previous articles, we explained four keys to understanding what matters to citizens and how this knowledge can help government agencies achieve their missions and financial goals while increasing employee engagement and public trust. In this finale of our three-part series, we share four practical lessons learned from government agencies that have set out to transform the citizen experience
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The Core Federal Services Council is Gone. Now What?

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The Core Federal Services Council is Gone. Now What?

- Stephanie Thum, CCXP, is the former vice president of customer experience at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She is currently practice director, customer experience and analytics at Capitol Management Consulting Services. Follow her on Twitter: @stephaniethum Last week's memo from the Office of Management and Budget that eliminated, modified or paused dozens of federal agency requirements did away with an interagency initiative that some once thought to be a positive force for more focus on citizen/customer experience in government: the Core Federal Services Council
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Americans Worry More About National Security Than Hacking

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Americans Worry More About National Security Than Hacking

- Consumers in the U.S. are more concerned about the threat of terrorism or war than they are about virtual threats including identity theft or viruses, according to new research. About 68 percent consumers surveyed in the U.S. said they were “extremely concerned” or “very concerned” about national security as it relates to terrorism or war, according to the 2017 Unisys Security Index, which polled more than 1,000 people from 13 countries each
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New Technology Allows Companies to Do Away With Hiring and Just Buy Our Skills Online

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New Technology Allows Companies to Do Away With Hiring and Just Buy Our Skills Online

- Fredrik Thomassen, the founder of a newly launched startup called Konsus, calls his site “a full e-commerce experience.” Konsus, based in Palo Alto, California, doesn’t sell t-shirts, or cars, or the latest tech gadgets—it sells work. Through its website, clients can buy web design or research work for $35 per hour. Powerpoint work costs $29 per hour, and LinkedIn lead generation costs $19
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Putin Claims Russia Proposed Cyber War Treaty in 2015 But Obama Administration Ignored Them

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Putin Claims Russia Proposed Cyber War Treaty in 2015 But Obama Administration Ignored Them

- U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters in 2015. // Andrew Harnik/AP Much of the legal turmoil that has swept through Washington in recent months can be traced back to one major thing: Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election in President Donald Trump’s favor
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AWS Unveils New Region for Government Customers

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AWS Unveils New Region for Government Customers

- Days after announcing a new corporate office and potentially adding up to 1,500 new jobs in Northern Virginia, cloud provider Amazon Web Services said Tuesday it plans to create a new East Coast computing region built specifically with U.S. government customers in mind. AWS GovCloud (US-East) is expected to become operational in 2018, according to Teresa Carlson, vice president of worldwide public sector for AWS
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How the Influx of Millennials Can Transform Your Workplace

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How the Influx of Millennials Can Transform Your Workplace

- Wayne Bobby is the vice president of Infor Federal. The biggest generation in U.S. history is now the largest generation in today’s labor market, holding down 75 million jobs across the country as of 2015. You’ve heard for years the millennials are coming, and now they are here. Millennials can bring your department, agency or program the skills, attitude and tech savvy to deliver 21st-century services in an era of lean public-sector resources—but only if you have a practical plan in place to recruit and retain your next-generation workforce
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GSA's Massive Telecom Contract Could Come Soon

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GSA's Massive Telecom Contract Could Come Soon

- The company with the last bid protest on General Services Administration’s long-delayed $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solution contract folded its cards. Arkansas-based Windstream on May 24 withdrew the protest it initially filed in April. When GSA first bid out the telecommunications infrastructure contract in October 2015, officials expected awards to come by late 2016, but a series of pre- and post-award protests slowed the evaluation process
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U.S. Digital Services Co-Founder Leaves White House
Haley Van Dyck, who co-founded the U.S. Digital Service, a technology troubleshooting team focusing on high-impact federal projects, had re-joined the federal government in March after leaving the White House toward the end of Obama's term. Van Dyck had also served as USDS' deputy administrator. Mikey Dickerson, USDS' first administrator and a political appointee, left government when Obama's term ended. Matt Cutts, the Google exec who previously led the Pentagon's version of the Digital Service under Obama and then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter, has been heading up USDS since Trump took office   Read More ...
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Immigration Agency Wants to Blend Data Science, Agile and Security
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Cyber-Heavy DHS Reauthorization Bill Passes House
A bill that would reauthorize the Homeland Security Department for the first time in its nearly 15-year history and beef up cyber protections at ports and airports passed the House of Representatives Thursday. The reauthorization bill, which was long championed by House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, would direct the Transportation Security Administration to conduct a broad assessment of cyber risks to aviation security and to be prepared to vet cyber protections of specific airports and airlines if requested   Read More ...
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How to Effectively Respond to a Hack When It Happens
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Here’s What You Need to Know Now About U.S. Customs Searches of Your Phone
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Democratic Senators Join Online Net Neutrality Protest
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Government Warms to Continuous Monitoring of Personnel With Clearances
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Will Robots Take Our Jobs? Perceptions Matter As Much As Reality
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Georgia Tech's 3D-printed heart valve models could be a genuine lifesaver
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Postal Service Busted Up a Billion-Dollar Drug Problem with Data
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Girl receives 3-D printed prosthetic hand
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Agencies' Grasp of Agile is ‘All Over The Map,’ One CTO Says
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Stop Russian to Judgment on Our Products
Stop Russian to Judgment on Our Products The Russian anti-virus magnate Eugene Kaspersky shot back Friday after a Senate committee urged banning his company’s products from U.S. Defense Department servers because of alleged ties to the Russian government. The move, Kaspersky charged, amounted to “allegations, ungrounded speculation and all sorts of other made-up things” driven by broader geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and Russia, rather than any proven compromise of Kaspersky products   Read More ...
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DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy
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Robots Used to Be Advertised As Job-Saving Technology
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The US Will Ban Laptops on 180 international Airlines Unless They Meet Mysterious New Security Rules
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Congressional AI Caucus Wants to Separate Fact From Fiction
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PCCW group MD says companies need to invest in emerging technologies for future growth
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DOJ Asks High Court to Clarify Email Warrants Abroad
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10 Emerging Technologies to Watch
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How to Break That Smartphone Addiction
How to Break That Smartphone Addiction Smartphone and screen addiction is a real problem for many people. For most of us, chucking the iPhone in the garbage and buying a boutique dumbphone isn't really an option. Email apps and Google Maps have become indispensable to modern life. There are a few things you can do, however, to help keep you from endlessly scrolling. First, figure out which apps trip you up the most   Read More ...
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How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China
How Not to Win an AI Arms Race With China The idea of a ChineseU.S. arms race for artificial intelligence conjures up images of an army of swarmbots defeating self-driving tanks on a smoldering, depopulated hellscape. It’s an idea so captivating that Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, wants to make it harder for the Chinese to invest in U.S. technology development, including in companies developing artificial intelligence, out of fear that Beijing will use small investment positions in Silicon Valley firms to erode U   Read More ...
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Cyber National Guard Could Fill Federal Workforce Gaps
Cyber National Guard Could Fill Federal Workforce Gaps A “cyber National Guard” might be the best answer to helping fill more than 10,000 vacant IT-related positions across the federal government, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, said Wednesday. As his IT reform legislation waits for Senate action, Hurd told the GovProtect17 security conference in Washington that he’ll next lend his support to a bill that would create a National Guard for cybersecurity   Read More ...
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4 Lessons to Improve Your Agency’s Citizen Experience
4 Lessons to Improve Your Agency’s Citizen Experience Tony D’Emidio is a partner in McKinsey’s Washington, D.C., office, and Kari Hernandez is an engagement manager in the Stamford office. In our two previous articles, we explained four keys to understanding what matters to citizens and how this knowledge can help government agencies achieve their missions and financial goals while increasing employee engagement and public trust. In this finale of our three-part series, we share four practical lessons learned from government agencies that have set out to transform the citizen experience   Read More ...
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The Core Federal Services Council is Gone. Now What?
The Core Federal Services Council is Gone. Now What? Stephanie Thum, CCXP, is the former vice president of customer experience at the Export-Import Bank of the United States. She is currently practice director, customer experience and analytics at Capitol Management Consulting Services. Follow her on Twitter: @stephaniethum Last week's memo from the Office of Management and Budget that eliminated, modified or paused dozens of federal agency requirements did away with an interagency initiative that some once thought to be a positive force for more focus on citizen/customer experience in government: the Core Federal Services Council   Read More ...
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Americans Worry More About National Security Than Hacking
Americans Worry More About National Security Than Hacking Consumers in the U.S. are more concerned about the threat of terrorism or war than they are about virtual threats including identity theft or viruses, according to new research. About 68 percent consumers surveyed in the U.S. said they were “extremely concerned” or “very concerned” about national security as it relates to terrorism or war, according to the 2017 Unisys Security Index, which polled more than 1,000 people from 13 countries each   Read More ...
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New Technology Allows Companies to Do Away With Hiring and Just Buy Our Skills Online
New Technology Allows Companies to Do Away With Hiring and Just Buy Our Skills Online Fredrik Thomassen, the founder of a newly launched startup called Konsus, calls his site “a full e-commerce experience.” Konsus, based in Palo Alto, California, doesn’t sell t-shirts, or cars, or the latest tech gadgets—it sells work. Through its website, clients can buy web design or research work for $35 per hour. Powerpoint work costs $29 per hour, and LinkedIn lead generation costs $19   Read More ...
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Putin Claims Russia Proposed Cyber War Treaty in 2015 But Obama Administration Ignored Them
Putin Claims Russia Proposed Cyber War Treaty in 2015 But Obama Administration Ignored Them U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Russia's President President Vladimir Putin pose for members of the media before a bilateral meeting at the United Nations headquarters in 2015. // Andrew Harnik/AP Much of the legal turmoil that has swept through Washington in recent months can be traced back to one major thing: Russia’s alleged hacking of the 2016 presidential election in President Donald Trump’s favor   Read More ...
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For the First Time Ever, U.S. Is Getting 10% of its Electricity From Wind and Solar
For the First Time Ever, U.S. Is Getting 10% of its Electricity From Wind and Solar Renewable energy in the U.S. just hit a new benchmark: 10 percent of the electricity produced in a single month came from wind and solar power for the first time. This March, 8 percent of U.S. electricity came from wind power, and 2 percent came from solar, totaling 10 percent of total energy generation nationally, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration   Read More ...
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