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Alexandra Kelley

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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.
Public Safety

FirstNet, NIST launch immersive emergency response training lab

The customized space is equipped with a motion capture system, 42 high speed optical tracking cameras, a variety of augmented and virtual reality headsets, and gear and fixtures that add a tactile component to simulations.

Emerging Tech

How drones document crash scenes

Using photos, video imagery and orthomosaics provided by drones, the National Transportation Safety Board can analyze and recreate accidents across all transportation industries.

Data & Analytics

Census data tool maps socioeconomic equity, resilience

My Community Explorer shows location and demographic data on poverty, educational attainment and language that communities can use to measure inequality and make data-driven decisions.

Cybersecurity

Report reveals surveillance abuses in educational technology

Four education technology companies misused surveillance software while students were using their products, resulting in contact with local law enforcement, according to a report prepared by two senators.

Emerging Tech

Senator questions crypto companies' impact on local communities

Sen. Ron Wyden raised concerns that cryptocurrency mining companies may be exploiting Opportunity Zones without generating enough jobs and economic development for the local community.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers move to protect healthcare infrastructure from potential Russian threat

The Healthcare Cybersecurity Act works to protect sensitive health care data and information from hackers. 

Cloud & Infrastructure

Lawmakers request agency support in broadband rollouts

Democrats from the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to help make good on broadband development with Bipartisan Infrastructure funding.

Data & Analytics

Data key to ensuring pandemic funding accuracy

Enhanced data collection and analysis will help ensure pandemic relief funding is spent properly, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Public Safety

Proposed bill would let people know when law enforcement is surveilling them

The legislation would require law enforcement to disclose surveillance orders covering digital communications, such as e-mails and search histories, as well as more traditional calls and wiretaps. 

Emerging Tech

Scrubbing the bias from machine learning systems

Monitoring, testing and evaluating impacts will help limit the systemic, statistical and human biases that affect artificial intelligence systems, according to a new NIST report.

Data & Analytics

Supply chain data-sharing pilot aims to ease shipping bottlenecks

The Freight Logistics Optimization Works initiative looks to mitigate supply chain disruption and improve the flow of goods to consumers by fostering information-sharing between port operators and trucking, warehousing and logistics companies.

State & Local

House Committee's cyber training bill targets public sector responders 

The legislation calls for development of new cybersecurity training and education programs for federal and state homeland security employees in advance of widespread ransomware or digital attacks.

Data & Analytics

Native American health agencies struggled to access federal data amid pandemic

Some tribal epidemiology centers reported having trouble receiving patient health data from the Indian Health Service, primarily due to federal and state rules and regulations around sharing and maintaining patient information, a new GAO report found. 

Cybersecurity

Schools would receive funding for cyber education programs under bipartisan bill

The proposed Cybersecurity Grants For Schools Act of 2022 establishes federal grants for schools to promote cybersecurity education. 

Emerging Tech

Biden calls out big tech, supports greater domestic investment

In his State of the Union address, the president stressed the need for more research and development of emerging technologies and lauded Intel's semiconductor manufacturing investments in Ohio.

State & Local

Commerce gives over $277 million in grants to build out broadband

Millions were dispersed across 12 states and territories to develop stronger internet infrastructure, a key mission in the Biden administration agenda.

State & Local

Senators call for removal of facial recognition tech in unemployment services

The lawmakers asked the Department of Labor to help state unemployment agencies remove facial recognition technology from application forms. 

Cloud & Infrastructure

Tribal broadband effort gets $1.5 million federal investment

The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued another round of funding for indigenous communities with poor broadband infrastructure.

Emerging Tech

Extended reality sees potential, challenges across multiple industries

A new GAO report itemizes how extended reality technologies can be used, and what other emerging tech needs to be bolstered to support its implementation.

Data & Analytics

Watchdog: HUD disaster relief could use better data collection, analysis

A GAO report found one of HUD’s aid programs could be more efficient if more accurate demographic information is harvested and referenced prior to distributing funds.