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Friday Cyber News, February 15 2019

Cyber technology-related news and links from around the web, for the week of 2/9 - 2/15:

1. White House Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence calls for more governmentally-provided training, education, and technical standards development on AI, in collaboration with the private sector. The initiative will be coordinated through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. Useful counterpoint: Understanding China's AI Strategy, how it views the AI arms race, and how China plans to reduce its dependence on foreign technology. [; CNAS]

2. How a hospital board election uncovered the market for firms providing online disinformation and political intelligence tactics for hire, through ties to Israeli military intelligence veterans. [New Yorker]

3. Officials in India's government have proposed internet censorship rules being compared to China's, including the ability to "demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive", an automated screening tool to block unlawful content, and reduced privacy for encrypted messaging tools. [NY Times]

4. Worker exchanges to bring more cybersecurity expertise to the public sector have long been proposed, and this week Senators Klobuchar and Thune introduced a bipartisan bill to formalize the structure of such a program. The Cyber Security Exchange Act would bring cybersecurity professionals in the private sector or academia to work at government agencies for up to two years. [The Hill]

5. Officials in China are pushing for the decommissioning of an AI-based anti-corruption tool that has been perhaps too effective at identifying corrupt bureaucratic behavior. [SCMP]

6. Using a blockchain to store hashes of video segments as they're being recorded could be a way to independently verify that publicly important video--like police body camera footage--hasn't been tampered with. [Wired]

7. Looking to test how well its traffic can be isolated from the broader internet, Russia plans to temporarily disconnect entirely, sometime before April 1st, as part of a plan to route 95% of all Russian internet traffic locally by the end of the year. [ZDnet]

8. DoD plans to use a continuous behavioral-monitoring system to authenticate Pentagon employees by their mobile phone activity and location. [Nextgov]

9. Negotiating with teen security researchers is on the table for Apple after an 18-year-old found a bug in MacOS that permits access to the keychain, where passwords are stored, but refused to disclose details about the bug privately to Apple because the company only pays for iOS bugs through its bug bounty program. [Forbes]

10. The Naval Surface Warfare Center at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico has 4,000 pounds of hard drives that it needs burned to ash, if you're looking for something fun to do this weekend. Researchers have noticed that the hacked Equifax data has yet to show up on the black market, leading to suspicions the data was taken by spies rather than profiteers. [NextGov; CNBC]

Thanks for reading,

Stanford Cyber Initiative

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