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USA

Lessons for policymakers from the NSO Group saga (Matt Tait, Runa Sandvik, and Tarah Wheeler, Brookings)

Just as the surveillance tool Pegasus powered the Israeli hacking company NSO Group to dizzying commercial success, so too would it ultimately cause its downfall. For years, NSO claimed Pegasus was provided only to “authorized governments” in the fight against “terror and crime.” Unrivaled in its ability to break into and surveil Android and iPhone devices, Pegasus gave NSO’s clients the ability to spy on the smartphones of targets, providing a periscope with which to view the most intimate details of their lives. But thanks to years of reporting and research by Amnesty International, Citizen Lab, and a global consortium known as the Pegasus Project, we know that this spyware was also used to break into the phones of politicians, journalists, and civil rights activists around the world. In the aftermath of the Pegasus Project revelations last summer, NSO appears to be on the verge of collapse. Thanks to U.S. sanctions, NSO’s ability to operate has been severely restricted and the company that once pioneered the use of digital hacking tools has become a byword for unbridled espionage.

Lessons for policymakers from the NSO Group saga (brookings.edu)

 

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India

Why Indian NGOs are developing a shared education agenda in reaction to COVID-19. Interview with Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja (Rebecca Winthrop, Brookings)

The pandemic has presented a myriad of challenges across education systems globally, but it also presents the opportunity to take advantage of this disruption and make fundamental shifts about how we educate our children. The Indian education system caters to 250 million school children—some who have been out of school for almost two years. As the world gears up to recover from the pandemic, understanding what works in India could generate proof points of what works with other diverse populations at scale.

Why Indian NGOs are developing a shared education agenda in reaction to COVID-19 (brookings.edu)

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USA

Upcoming DAC peer review is an opportunity to advance US development goals (George Ingram and Anthony F. Pipa, Brookings)

In 2022, U.S. development cooperation will undergo a peer review by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD (OECD-DAC), the standard-bearer of development cooperation that includes many of the largest providers of foreign assistance. Much has happened in U.S. political and policy circles since the last U.S. peer review, published in 2016. The peer review team, led by France and Norway, will examine U.S. aid in light of best development practices and global commitments, providing a valuable opportunity for the U.S. government and its stakeholders to take stock and inform a strategic rethink of how the U.S. can maximize its global investments and better advance its development goals and mission.

Upcoming DAC peer review is an opportunity to advance US development goals (brookings.edu)

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Global Topics Technology

Understanding the impact of automation on workers, jobs, and wages (Harry J. Holzer, Brookings)

Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, workers like the Luddites in 19th century Britain have feared that they will be replaced by machines and left permanently jobless. To date, these fears have been mostly wrong—but not entirely. In a chapter in “Shifting Paradigms,” I examine the implications of automation for jobs and wages.

Understanding the impact of automation on workers, jobs, and wages (brookings.edu)

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Cyber Threats Military Innovation

Military innovation and technological change: Preparing for the next generation of cyber threats (Michael E. O’Hanlon, Brookings)

Where are the greatest opportunities for the United States and its allies — as well as their authoritarian adversaries — in terms of military innovation in the cyber realm between now and 2040? And where can one expect the greatest vulnerabilities to develop or emerge? Both of these broad questions are at the heart of ensuring that the U.S. and other democracies are not surprised by an illiberal adversary which figures out big new ideas about military operations before we do — risking the failure of deterrence and defeat in any war that might occur.

Military innovation and technological change: Preparing for the next generation of cyber threats (brookings.edu)

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USA

Airlines Ask For ‘Immediate Intervention’ in 5G Deployment, Citing Safety Issues (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

The row between telecommunications giants Verizon and AT&T and several federal entities continued this week after an airlines advocacy group asked the Biden administration for another delay in the 5G rollout, citing continued fears over aircraft communications interruptions.

In response to the ongoing debacle, President Joe Biden issued a statement on Tuesday, thanking Verizon and AT&T for their continued cooperation in augmenting their rollout plans.

Airlines Ask For ‘Immediate Intervention’ in 5G Deployment, Citing Safety Issues – Nextgov

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USA

Agency Digital Modernization Efforts Hinge on Data, Customer Experience Efforts (Alexandra Kelley, Nextgov)

Digital modernization goals across various federal agencies for 2022 hinge on leadership understanding the individual agency missions to improve customer experience, according to several federal chief information officers.

Speaking during an ATARC panel on Tuesday, leaders in the public technology space discussed some of the most important parts of their agencies’ digital transformation journeys for the new year. One key theme across several departments is consistently engaging all program offices and sub agencies with larger department goals on implementing new emerging technologies into daily business applications.

Agency Digital Modernization Efforts Hinge on Data, Customer Experience Efforts – Nextgov

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USA

Impressed by 2022’s Record Research Budget? Wait ‘Til Next Year, DOD Undersecretary Says (Patrick Tucker, Nextgov)

Next year’s Defense Department request for research and engineering funds will likely top this year’s record $112 billion appropriation, thanks to lawmakers who say they’re on board with Pentagon tech priorities, the defense undersecretary for research and engineering said Thursday.

“In December, 15 members of Congress came over to the Pentagon and I was able to give them a briefing on what [Research and Engineering] is doing. And they were thrilled,” Heidi Shyu said during a Defense Writers’ Group event. At one point, she said, lawmakers simply asked, “How much money do you need?…There’s a lot of enthusiasm for the stuff I’m doing.”

Impressed by 2022’s Record Research Budget? Wait ‘Til Next Year, DOD Undersecretary Says – Nextgov

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USA

Air Force Commits Millions for Wearables to Counteract Troops’ Exhaustion (Brandi Vincent, Nextgov)

The Air Force Research Laboratory aims to produce and deploy technology-boosted accessories that can continuously monitor individuals’ stress and fatigue in real-time—and wearable devices to counter those strains for people who operate in severe environments.

“These wearable technologies will ultimately be utilized in the field not only by the warfighter personnel but also firefighters, emergency responders, NASA and civilian astronauts, expedition crews, medical personnel, etc. to assess, augment, and optimize cognitive and physical performance,” officials wrote in a request for information published on Friday.

Air Force Commits Millions for Wearables to Counteract Troops’ Exhaustion – Nextgov

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