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Strategic Principles for Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

Categories: Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Strategic_Principles_for_Securing_the_Internet_of_Things-2016-1115-FINAL_v2-dg11.pdf

Asserts that the Internet of Things creates immense opportunities and benefits for society but that IoT security has not kept up with the rapid pace of innovation.  Explains what these risks are and provides a set of suggested best practices for a responsible level of security.  From the Department of Homeland Security

 

Highlights from TIMSS and TIMSS Advanced 2015

Categories: Education,Headlines,Mathematics,Science/Technology,Statistics,Tests/Assessments

http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2017/2017002_timss_2015_results.pdf

Reports on the results of tests of math and science achievement of U.S. students in Grades 4 and 8 and in advanced courses at the end of high school in an international context.  Reveals scores and trends since 1995 for U.S. students and identifies other nations participating in the exams.  TIMSS = Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study.  From the National Center for Education Statistics

 

Universities Report Fourth Straight Year of Declining Federal R&D Funding in FY 2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17303/nsf17303.pdf

Reports on a decline of 1.7% in federal funding of higher education research and development from FY2014 to FY2015 and a decline of 13% since FY2011.  Covers R&D expenditures by field, source of funding, and the top university research performers. From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation

 

NIH Request for Information: Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation

Categories: Govt Information,Health/Medical,Science/Technology

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-17-015.html

Seeks public comments on data management and sharing strategies.  Wants comments on how digital scientific data  generated from NIH-funded research should be managed and made publicly available and also how to set standards for citing shared data and software.  From the National Institutes of Health

 

The People’s Code

Categories: Govt Information,Science/Technology

https://code.gov/#/

Newly launched site to allow coders to access software developed at government agencies.  The repository for open source code featured nearly 50 open source projects from about a dozen agencies.  More sites are expected to follow in the coming months as agencies implement the Federal Source Code Policy.  From the White House and the General Services Administration

 

U.S. Department of Education Launches $680,000 Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Experiences

Categories: Careers,Education,Science/Technology

http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-launches-680k-challenge-virtual-and-augmented-reality-learning-experiences

Agency press release with details about the nature of the competition among game developers and educational technologists to design next-generation, immersive simulations for career and technical education.  From the U.S. Department of Education

 

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Manufacturing,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/nvs/pdf/812333_CybersecurityForModernVehicles.pdf

Offers nonbinding guidance to automakers on how to protect motor vehicles from malicious cyber-attacks and unauthorized access.  From the Department of Transportation

 

The National Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Strategic Plan

Categories: Govt Finance,Religion/Ethics,Science/Technology

https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/whitehouse_files/microsites/ostp/NSTC/national_ai_rd_strategic_plan.pdf

Lays out a plan to identify scientific and technological needs in AI, track the progress and maximize the impact of AI research investments, and establish ethical, legal, social, and technical priorities for federal investment.  From the National Science and Technology Council and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

 

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