5G rollout facing more problems

A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that federal regulators bent the rules by trying to exempt 5G cellular sites from assessments of their effects on the environment and historical sites. Among other things, the court says the Federal Communications Commission failed to justify its position that smaller installations posed little to no risk. [node:read-more:link]

Finns boost satellite surveillance

A Helsinki-based startup company, Iceye, is using suitcase-size radar satellites to return images of objects smaller than a metre in size. That level of detail has until now has required satellites weighing a tonne or more and costing more than €100 million or some 50 times Iceye’s cost. [node:read-more:link]

NSA hires summer students

The U.S. National Security Agency, headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., has been hiring highschool students to work “somewhere in cyber,” as one puts it. Others are equally vague, saying only that they work in language translation as well as cybersecurity. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. intelligence appointment

National Counterterrorism Center Director Joseph Maguire, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL vice-admiral, has been named by President Donald Trump as acting Director of National Intelligence. The current DNI, Dan Coats, is stepping down Aug. 15, as is Principal Deputy Director Sue Gordon. [node:read-more:link]

Students approached by CSIS?

Visits or calls from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service or law enforement agencies, often to Muslim students, are said to be increasingly common at universities across the country. A University of Toronto law professor and a criminal lawyer said it's an issue few students apparently are willing to discuss because of the stigma. [node:read-more:link]

Proposed intelligence czar withdraws

Five days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he would nominate John Ratcliffe to succeed Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, the Texas Republican congressman has withdrawn. Democrats excoriated him as a Trump loyalist who would undercut the traditional independence of the intelligence agencies and other Republicans had been unusually silent. [node:read-more:link]

Quantum threat to cybersecurity?

Advances in quantum computing evidently pose a threat to levels of encryption currently seen as secure. While a major breakthrough is not considered likely for several years, it is estimated that weaker cybersecurity algorithms will be vulnerable earlier. [node:read-more:link]

Top Canadian Think Tanks announced

The Fraser Institute, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute have been identified by the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Think Tank Index Report as the top five in Canada. [node:read-more:link]

U.S. intelligence boss quitting

Dan Coats, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who has overseen the the country’s 17 intelligence agencies since March 2017, is stepping down in August. The decision was confirmed in a tweet by President Donald Trump, who said he would nominate Texas congressman John Ratcliffe as Coats’ successor. Coats and Trump have been at odds over several high-profile issues but the President said he expects Ratcliffe to “inspire greatness.” [node:read-more:link]


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