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Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker is technology editor for Defense One. He’s also the author of The Naked Future: What Happens in a World That Anticipates Your Every Move? (Current, 2014). Previously, Tucker was deputy editor for The Futurist for nine years. Tucker has written about emerging technology in Slate, The Sun, MIT Technology Review, Wilson Quarterly, The American Legion Magazine, BBC News Magazine, Utne Reader, and elsewhere.
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A Quick Guide to the Jihadist Communications Toolkit

July 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “I don’t think that there are too many [makers of encrypted communication tools who] can say that bad guys don’t use their stuff, accurately,” National Security Agency Deputy Director Richard Ledgett said during the recent Defense One Tech Summit, describing ISIS’ use of various messaging services and platforms to communicate...

How Putin Weaponized WikiLeaks to Influence the Presidential Election

July 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Close your eyes and imagine a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way strategically timed to influence the U.S....

How Putin Weaponized Wikileaks to Influence the Election of an American President

July 25, 2016 Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to...

How Putin Weaponized Wikileaks to Influence the Election of an American President

July 24, 2016 Close your eyes and imagine that a hacking group backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin broke into the email system of a major U.S. political party. The group stole thousands of sensitive messages and then published them through an obliging third party in a way that was strategically timed to...

A Quick Guide to the Jihadist Communications Toolkit

July 22, 2016 “I don’t think that there are too many [makers of encrypted communication tools who] can say that bad guys don’t use their stuff, accurately,” NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett said during the recent Defense One Tech Summit, describing ISIS’ use of various messaging services and platforms to communicate and distribute...

The Fight Over Consumer Encryption Moves Into Strange New Phase

July 21, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s up to tech firms and privacy advocates to show “exactly, specifically and technically” how the government’s proposed backdoors into encrypted cellphones and other products would hurt data security, current and former law enforcement officials told lawmakers last week. At least one member of the Senate Armed Services Committee appears...

The Fight Over Consumer Encryption Is Moving Into a Strange New Phase

July 20, 2016 It’s up to tech firms and privacy advocates to show “exactly, specifically, and technically” how the government’s proposed backdoors into encrypted cellphones and other products would hurt data security, current and former law enforcement officials told lawmakers last week. At least one member of the Senate Armed Services Committee appears...

In the Future, We’ll Stop Truck Attacks With the Push of a Button

July 16, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow French police in Nice stopped Thursday’s deadly truck attack only after the terrorist killed at least 84 people. But someday soon, local law enforcement may stop similar vehicle-borne attacks using technologies and tactics developed through hard experience by French and allied militaries. Over the last decade, the Pentagon has created...

In The Future, We’ll Stop Truck Attacks With the Push Of a Button

July 15, 2016 French police in Nice stopped Thursday’s deadly truck attack only after the terrorist killed at least 84 people. But someday soon, local law enforcement may stop similar vehicle-borne attacks using technologies and tactics developed through hard experience by French and allied militaries. Over the last decade, the Pentagon has created...

What Would a Trump Presidency Mean to the Pentagon?

July 15, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If Donald Trump becomes president, much of the Pentagon’s recent progress in wooing Silicon Valley to defense work might come to a halt. That’s one takeaway from the open letter published Thursday by 145 current and former executives from Facebook, Google, Slack, Twitter, Cloudera and many more stalwarts of Silicon...

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