New DOJ drone policy adds cybersecurity, privacy guidelines | DOD cyber standards a challenge for small contractors | Commerce may try to close Huawei loopholes
December 5, 2019
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New DOJ drone policy adds cybersecurity, privacy guidelines
The US Department of Justice has updated its drone policy with new regulations largely focusing on privacy and cybersecurity. The DOJ will be working with the Federal Aviation Administration to develop an air traffic support plan, and the policy will gauge "the potential intrusiveness and impact on privacy and civil liberties" caused by drone camera and sensors as compared with their benefits.
The Verge (11/27) 
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DOD cyber standards a challenge for small contractors
Network security rules for Defense Department contractors are posing a challenge for small firms, and supplier shortfalls in security could cause problems for larger contractors. "I have not heard of anyone not getting a contract, but the probability [of not getting one] is there," said Jason Timm, Aerospace Industries Association assistant vice president for national security policy.
Defense One (12/2) 
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Commerce may try to close Huawei loopholes
The government is considering adopting new rules aimed at eliminating loopholes that have allowed companies to continue shipping supplies to Huawei Technologies in the face of a Commerce Department ban restricting such sales, Reuters reports. The Chinese manufacturer is reportedly succeeding in building smartphones without US-made chips, however, using replacements from sources that include Taiwan, Japan and the Netherlands.
Reuters (11/29),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/1) 
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Technology Trends
Cybersecurity forecast: More "deepfakes," phishing scams
The new year will bring more scams involving faked audio and video as well as more sophisticated phishing threats, according to the Experian Data Breach Industry Forecast. Experian's Michael Bruemmer says criminals might target cannabis and cryptocurrency companies because those sectors are "putting more money into growth and less into cybersecurity."
Corporate Counsel online (12/2) 
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Boeing advances drone teaming capability
Boeing says it has successfully teamed drones in a flight test as the company prepares to fly a prototype of its "loyal wingman" unmanned aircraft in Australia next year.
Aerospace Daily & Defense Report (11/26) 
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Career & Workforce Development
How one school boosted diversity in STEM
In 1988, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, started the Meyerhoff Scholars Program, originally designed to support African American students in the natural sciences, and the program was later expanded to include more students as well as replicated at Penn State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We have educated more African American undergraduates who have gone on to earn the M.D.-Ph.D. than any other institution ever," write UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski III and Adviser to the President Peter Henderson in this commentary.
The Atlantic (tiered subscription model) (11/29) 
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IEEE-USA Holiday Gift Guide
Drawing a blank with the holidays fast approaching? We're here to help with some great suggestions for the tech-savvy friends and family on your list -- or for yourself (we won't judge)! IEEE-USA InSight
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Thomas Edison: Man of the Millennium Volume Three
The December free ebook for IEEE members is the final edition of author Harry T. Roman's look at one of the most prolific and famous inventors of all time. Volume Three in the series talks about Edison's legacy and how his inventions laid the groundwork for much of the technology that we enjoy in the 21st century. IEEE-USA InSight
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