NSCAI Releases Draft Final Report: The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence released the draft of its final report in January. The report predicts a near future in which AI will transform all aspects of warfighting, intelligence gathering and espionage. It warns that U.S. competitors, such as China and Russia, may field superior AI-enabled military systems within the next five years, “leapfrogging” the United States unless it changes course. The commission recommends the Pentagon set up a foundation for AI integration by 2025, comprising a DOD-wide digital ecosystem, a technically literate workforce, and more efficient business practices aided by AI. One aspect of the report that received significant public attention was its recommendation that the United States explore autonomous weapons systems and reject any global treaty prohibiting these systems. The independent commission, established by Congress in 2018 and co-chaired by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work and former Google head Eric Schmidt, is set to deliver its final report to Congress this March.
FBI Seeks Machine Learning Tools To Scrape Social Media: Late last month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a request for information about the development of machine learning tools for processing data from open source intelligence, primarily mobile messaging applications and social media platforms. The RFI comes from the FBI’s Counterterrorism Advanced Projects Unit, which an attached document says was established to create “specialized capabilities to exploit mobile messaging and social media platforms.” Bloomberg Government, which first reported the RFI, noted the announcement’s proximity to the Capitol attack and the subsequent migration of extremist posting from larger sites to lesser-known platforms. While an RFI is not a solicitation or evidence of a government contract, it is an initial step in that direction. Qualified businesses have until February 9 to submit their information.
In Translation CSET’s translations of significant foreign language documents on AI
Cyberspace Administration of China Regulation:Measures for Cybersecurity Reviews. This regulation, issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) in 2020, affects PRC companies that run China’s “critical information infrastructure.” The regulation requires operators of key PRC network platforms to undergo a CAC cybersecurity review before launching products or services that may impact Chinese national security.
PRC Cybersecurity Schools Standards:Notice on the Publication of Management Methods for the Demonstration Project for Building World-Class Cybersecurity Colleges. This document, issued in 2017 by the predecessor office of today’s Cyberspace Administration of China, sets standards for Chinese universities that wish to stand up their own trial cybersecurity schools. In order to fast-track China’s efforts to train cybersecurity talent, the regulations allow undergraduate cybersecurity majors to enroll in these “demonstration” cybersecurity schools without taking the usual graduate school entrance exam and arrange for government and private funding for the new cybersecurity colleges.
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