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Alexandra Kelley

Staff Correspondent

Alexandra Kelley
Alexandra Kelley reports on emerging technology for Nextgov. Her most recent post was covering breaking news for The Hill where she focused on a variety of quantitative subjects, including Big Tech and the economy, in addition to covering the coronavirus pandemic since late 2019. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2017.
Emerging Tech

NIST debuts long-anticipated AI risk management framework

With the launch of the AI RMF 1.0, federal researchers focused on four core functions to structure how all organizations evaluate and introduce more trustworthy AI systems.

Emerging Tech

Plan for federal AI research and development resource emphasizes diversity in innovation

The National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force released its operating framework, making the case for implementation.

Cybersecurity

What’s in a word? FCC’s proposed data breach rule redefines key terms

The public now has the opportunity to provide insight on the value and impact such redefinitions would have on incident reporting.

Cybersecurity

The future of quantum security will be encoded in light, researchers hope

Swiss researchers, funded in part by the U.S., are developing a stronger network security countermeasure to combat the potential of a viable quantum computing system.

Cybersecurity

NIST releases potential updates to its cybersecurity framework

The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to expand the cybersecurity guidance’s scope and foster more international collaboration, among other proposed changes.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FCC releases proposed rule to give drones more spectrum access

As unmanned aircraft systems have increasingly versatile uses, the FCC wants comments on how best to share band access with more connected devices.

Emerging Tech

Historic fusion ignition promises innovation in clean energy, national security

The breakthrough fusion experiment conducted last week at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory stands to change the U.S.’ national security posture and sustainable energy development.

Cybersecurity

Census targets data modernization, cybersecurity ahead of 2030 rollout

Officials at the Census Bureau want to give the agency’s operations a strong, data-centric approach to collecting and securing American demographic information.

Emerging Tech

White House launches post-quantum cryptography migration

New guidance from the Office of Management and Budget outlined the initial steps for migrating high-risk systems to quantum-resistant algorithms.

Emerging Tech

A digital twin of the Earth to visualize, model climate events

Using artificial intelligence and machine-learning to create a digital twin of the planet could help scientists predict and prepare for extreme weather events.

Cybersecurity

Emerging tech can protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks

A cyber-resilient digital infrastructure requires a combination of emerging technologies and risk mitigation, DARPA and CISA officials advise.

Emerging Tech

AI, data analytics star as biggest planned investments for 2023

An industry forecast sampled private sector companies to distill where they plan to make emerging technology investments.

Emerging Tech

Transportation Department looks to AI to help modernize highways

The Department of Transportation is soliciting applicants to integrate artificial intelligence and environmental analytics into highway infrastructure.

Cybersecurity

Russia linked to nearly 75% of late 2021 ransomware attacks, per analysis

The analyzed ransomware variants—from July to December 2021—amounted to millions of dollars in damages.

Cybersecurity

Cyber mandates too costly for water utilities, experts say

A House hearing saw expert testimony emphasizing the need for steady funding to cybersecurity programs in water utility providers––especially in rural regions. 

Data & Analytics

Department of Transportation investing $160M for tech-centric projects

Two programs, SMART Grants and ATTAIN, will dole out millions over five years as the Biden administration plans a U.S. transportation overhaul.

Cybersecurity

Justice officials release framework for policing crime in crypto space

Complimenting the new national digital asset framework, law enforcement is planning similar steps to combat crime in the crypto marketplace. 

Emerging Tech

NIST, Google announce chip R&D partnership

The public-private sector collaboration will make industry standard chips available to smaller research entities to encourage semiconductor manufacturing.

Cybersecurity

NSA releases post-quantum algorithms, aims for full implementation by 2035

The National Security Agency worked in conjunction with NIST to prepare stakeholders for upcoming quantum cryptographic requirements. 

Cybersecurity

NIST to launch new guidance on security risks of telehealth and smart home integration

The National Institute of Standards and Technology will outline the safest ways for consumers to use new technologies that provide access to their health care information in a secure digital environment.