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Mohana Ravindranath

Mohana Ravindranath covers civilian agency technology and IT policy for Nextgov. She previously covered IT for the Washington Post, and her work has also appeared in Business Insider and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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OPM Names Acting CIO

August 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A few weeks after the Office of Personnel Management’s chief information officer announced he was stepping down, the human capital agency has a new acting CIO: Rob Leahy, formerly the agency's deputy CIO. Dave DeVries left his post after about a year on the job, though his last day is...

Samsung Wants Your Behavior to Unlock Your Phones

August 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Samsung phones might soon be able to confirm your identity by analyzing your voice or your usage patterns, like which hand you use to swipe or type. The Korean consumer technology giant last week unveiled its newest phone model, a 6.3-inch device with more memory and a higher resolution than...

Feds Warn Against Hurricane Harvey Charity Scams

August 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Hurricane Harvey’s Category 4 winds and record rainfall has left at least eight people dead and flooded major chunks of Houston, Texas. As first responders and several federal agencies respond to the emergency, they’re also warning citizens to investigate charities thoroughly before sending aid. Though many established charities have called...

DARPA Wants Bots To Protect Us From Cyber Adversaries

August 28, 2017 The military’s research unit is looking for ways to automate protection against cyber adversaries, preventing incidents like the WannaCry ransomware attack that took down parts of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service networks. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is gathering proposals for software that can automatically neutralize botnets, armies...

DARPA Wants Bots To Protect Us From Cyber Adversaries

August 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The military’s research unit is looking for ways to automate protection against cyber adversaries, preventing incidents like the WannaCry ransomware attack that took down parts of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service networks. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is gathering proposals for software that can automatically neutralize botnets, armies...

Now Is the Time to Think About How Artificial Intelligence Will Change War

August 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The same technology that helped a computer beat a human in the ancient Chinese strategic game Go could dramatically change the way wars are fought, a report suggests. Artificially intelligent systems today can competently identify images and rapidly carry out repetitive virtual tasks. The technology is far from consciousness or...

Agencies Should Watch Out for Unethical AI, Report Warns

August 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A myriad of government operations could be automated using artificial intelligence, but agencies need to be sure the technology is implemented in an ethical way, a new report warns. The report, from Harvard's Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, says agencies—sometimes strapped for cash and low on personnel—are an...

Feds Take Next Step In Spreading Blockchain Tech

August 23, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies are closer to using blockchain—the decentralized, encrypted ledger system that lets people track transactions on the internet—for internal purposes. The government's buying hub, the General Services Administration, is planning an emerging technology workshop for early September. During that gathering, participants including business executives and federal managers will be...

How VA Turns Survey Data into Better Veteran Health Care

August 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new system can flag veterans at risk of suicide based on the surveys they answer about Veterans Affairs Department services they receive. A veteran filling out a feedback form about VA care might describe symptoms of suicidal thoughts or behaviors that put them at risk of homelessness. The system...

Government Using Drones To Track Down Dangerous Pigs

August 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government wants a high-tech strategy for tracking down what it describes as a “dangerous, destructive, invasive species” wreaking havoc on the nation's crops, pets and outdoor historical sites: wild pigs. Often feral swine, also known as wild boars or razorbacks, have escaped or been released from farms and...