Defense Department ‘5G Nationalization’ Charge Is Cover For A Wireless Industry War

by Erik Sherman

The race is on for the United States to catch up to China’s lead on 5G. Yet Washington is fighting over whether the valuable electromagnetic spectrum should be sold to AT&T and other big telecom giants, which have contributed to congressional campaigns for decades, or whether it should be leased to a well-funded upstart named Rivada, some of whose board members have donated to President Donald J. Trump.

Whichever firm wins the spectrum has the potential to reap billions in revenue and spend billions in infrastructure and equipment. With these high stakes, a classic inside Washington duel is underway.

The spectrum is currently held by the U.S. Defense department; it was awarded to the military several

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VVU’s head of IT department becomes first to graduate with PhD in Computer Science from University of Ghana

Regional News of Monday, 30 November 2020

Source: universnewsroom.com

2020-11-30

Head of the Information Technology Department at the Valley View University, Accra, Kofi Sarpong AduHead of the Information Technology Department at the Valley View University, Accra, Kofi Sarpong Adu

Head of the Information Technology Department at the Valley View University, Accra, Kofi Sarpong Adu-Manu, has made history at the University of Ghana by becoming the first to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science.

More to this, he emerged as the best graduating PhD student from University of Ghana’s Graduate School.

Kofi Sarpong Adu-Manu passed out from the University of Ghana during its 2020 November/December virtual congregation ceremony.

Giving his valedictory speech, he acknowledged his mother for inspiring him to pursue excellence in education.

“Personally, growing up, I was inspired by the words of my mother. ‘Kofi, work hard at school and become great’. She gave up her opportunity to complete her education for my existence because she was pregnant with me. She was

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Rivada, White House lobbying Defense Department on 5G spectrum-leasing plan

But the military has not embraced the proposal, even though it was pushed directly by White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations.

“I’ll just be honest with you, the department has not embraced spectrum-leasing at this point … there are just so many issues at play including bringing in receipts and dollars into the department, and we don’t know how the DoD would even do that,” said a senior defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter freely.

“We’re looking for industry and [other government agencies] to give us some innovative ideas about how that might happen,” the official said.

The lobbying document obtained by The Post shows Rivada proposing that it create a 5G network and rent out that spectrum to private companies such as Netflix, Facebook or Tesla.

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Spokane cop suspended three weeks, loses prestigious roles after frequently accessing explicit sites on department computer

A longtime Spokane police officer who accessed hundreds of sexually explicit images using a department computer in 2019 was suspended for three weeks and relieved of duties managing a department program earlier this year.

Officer Dan Cole, who was hired by the department in 1986, was placed on paid administrative leave in January after city information technology staff reviewed his computer use in December, according to records requested by The Spokesman-Review.

His computer log showed visits to pornography and prostitution websites while on- and off-duty.

One other officer was found to have visited a prostitution website, but it appeared related to his work investigating human trafficking, according to investigative records. Computer records also showed he primarily visited the website’s homepage.

Cole, however, navigated deeper into a similar prostitution website to view specific photos and appeared to have searched the internet for explicit images, according to investigative records.

A panel of

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Department of Planning, Community Development announces upcoming forums

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The Department of Planning and Community Development announces three upcoming virtual forums for the public to learn about community planning initiatives and to provide feedback on the following dates in the evening:

  • Dec. 1: Residential Design Guidelines 
  • Dec. 8: Economic Analysis of Industrial Zoning Districts; and
  • Dec. 14: Connect Arlington.

The Residential Design Guidelines aim to provide residents, architects, builders and Arlington’s development review Boards and staff with a set of best practices to guide new construction and renovations to single-family and two-family homes in Arlington’s lowest-density neighborhoods, the R0, R1, and R2 Zoning Districts. The Guidelines give designers and community stakeholders more flexibility to find creative design solutions. The Design Review Working Group, DPCD and consultant Harriman invite residents to review the Residential Design Guidelines and attend the virtual forum. More information about this project, including a link to the draft of the Residential

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Los Angeles Police Department Bans Use Of Facial Recognition Software

Illustration for article titled The LAPD Just Banned Its Officers From Using Third-Party Facial Recognition Software

Photo: David McNew / Staff (Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Police Department issued a moratorium on the use of commercial facial recognition software on Tuesday, effectively ending a trial with dystopian software manufacturer Clearview AI that the department had long sought to downplay.

The decision reportedly comes after Buzzfeed News probed the LAPD’s use of the software, which officials had in the past claimed to only deploy “sparingly.” Contrary to those claims, however, the investigation found that more than 25 LAPD employees had performed nearly 475 searches over a three month period in 2019, using the facial recognition software as a tool to scrape non-criminal images from their vast databases. Typically, those databases are compiled by culling photos from social media and other public internet platforms, which has drawn the ire of civil liberties activists who claim that the data is gathered without the consent of the

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Justice Department probing NASA call to Boeing over lost lunar lander bid

So in February, Doug Loverro, then the head of NASA’s human exploration directorate, called Jim Chilton, the senior vice president of Boeing’s space and launch division, to explain that the company was going to lose the contract and to inquire whether it would file a challenge, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

That call, which occurred during a period when the agency was to have no contact with any of the bidders, is now the subject of investigations by the NASA inspector general and the Justice Department into the integrity of the procurement, according to multiple people. It also led NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine to force Loverro to abruptly resign in May.

Boeing did not protest the award of the lunar lander contract — which was awarded on April 30 to three bidders for a total of nearly $1 billion: a team led by Jeff Bezos’s Blue

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U.S. Department of Defense to Implement 3M Computer-Assisted Coding Technology Worldwide

3M Health Information Systems has been awarded a contract by Leidos, prime contractor to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization (DHMSM) initiative, for components of the 3M™ 360 Encompass™ System platform, 3M’s industry-leading suite of software applications for medical records coding and documentation. The 3M technology will promote improved revenue cycle operations across DoD Military Health System facilities worldwide and help achieve more accurate patient data to support high-quality care for the nation’s 9.6 million active and retired service members and their families.

As the exclusive provider of computer-assisted coding technology to U.S. military treatment facilities, 3M will support DoD interoperability goals, a joint effort with the Department of Veterans Affairs to unify patient records on one system, allowing caregivers to access and share information for improved patient treatment and continuity of care. The contract provides for implementation of 3M 360 Encompass components

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Argonne researchers develop machine-learning optimizer to slash product design costs | US Department of Energy Science News

13-Nov-2020

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This animation shows ActivO’s approach for a 2D test problem. It shows the strong learner representation (left), the weak learner representation (center), and the improvements to the design objective (right). (Image by Argonne National Laboratory.)

Argonne’s new AI technique may fast track the design and simulation of engines and all types of other products.

Computer simulations are a critical part of the product design optimization process, allowing engineers to test various configurations and select the best design among the many different alternatives. But even at a facility like the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, with its state-of-the-art resources, simulations can be very expensive and take a long time to run.

With the goal of accelerating this design process, a research team in Argonne’s Energy Systems (ES) division, comprised of postdoctoral appointee Opeoluwa Owoyele and research scientist

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US Commerce Department accepts court order to block Trump’s TikTok ban

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The US Commerce Department has said it will not enforce an executive order that would have effectively forced TikTok to shut down in order to comply with a Pennsylvanian federal court decision.

“The Secretary’s prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to TikTok, has been enjoined, and will not go into effect, pending further legal developments,” the department said.

The executive order in question, issued by outgoing President Donald Trump in August, stated that TikTok would be banned unless it was divested to a US company by November 12. This has not yet been finalised, however.

The presiding judge, Wendy Beetlestone, granted the block against Trump’s executive order as there was a clear likelihood that irreparable harm could be made to the plaintiffs’ ability to engage large audiences on the TikTok platform. The lawsuit was filed by three TikTok “influencers”: Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and

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