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Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor 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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The FCC Website Will Likely Crash on Wednesday

September 9, 2014 On Wednesday, the Federal Communication Commission will likely experience a rather unfortunate and completely preventable public relations disaster. A massive traffic influx, coupled with a coordinated distributed denial of service, or DDoS attack, is expected to prevent users from accessing the FCC’s web site. The attack is part of a...

Around Government

September 9, 2014 Bravery in the Bureaucracy Making the right decision isn’t the hard part, agency leaders say, it’s having the guts to follow through. By Charles S. Clark Newscaster Dan Rather was famous in the 1980s for signing off the evening news with a simple word: courage. He may have been onto...

Social Media’s Very Arab Future

September 8, 2014 The future of Twitter, YouTube and a variety of other social networks is going to look and sound a lot more Arabic in the years ahead, at least according to data on Twitter usage across the Arabic-speaking world. And if current trends continue, the emerging Arabic social media landscape will...

Who Defends the Virtual Countries of Tomorrow?

September 5, 2014 Does a virtual country still need real military protection? And if so, who provides it? Short answer: Yes, and the United States. President Barack Obama made a visit to Estonia on Wednesday where he praised the country’s government in unsubtle terms as a core NATO ally. “As a high-tech leader,...

Actual Telepathy Is One Step Closer to the Battlefield

September 2, 2014 Forget battlefield smartphones; the future of soldier-to-soldier communication may be electronic telepathy. A group of researchers in Europe have developed what they are calling the first “human brain-to-brain interface,” allowing people to communicate telepathically through the Internet without a surgical implant, bringing us closer to the day when soldiers behind...

Could Cop Cams Have Prevented the Rise of the Islamic State?

August 22, 2014 Taser CEO Rick Smith is looking to expand sales of Taser products to the military, and not just their legendary stun guns, but also officer-mounted cameras and even cloud data services. He’s also looking to get them not just into the hands of U.S. soldiers, but also the foreign soldiers...

The Pentagon Wants You to Help Them Find the Next Pandemic

August 15, 2014 Ever heard of Chikungunya? It’s a mosquito-borne virus that causes joint pain and fever and can be debilitating. It’s also spreading fast, having hit the Americas for the first time in decades at the end of last year and new cases were reported in Florida this last month. There is...

Will Predictive Policing Make Militarized Police More Dangerous?

August 15, 2014 As images of Ferguson, Missouri’s AR-15 totting police force made their way across the Internet this week, an ever-concerned public began to wonder who decided to give cops in an American city the sort of guns and gear that we provide to soldiers in the most dangerous places in the...

The Public Will Soon Be Able to Buy Military-Grade Satellite Images

August 14, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Wednesday, the world’s premier marketer of high-resolution satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe, successfully launched their new WorldView 3 (WV3) satellite. As Defense One reported in April, the WorldView 3 will operate 380 miles above the Earth’s surface and will go from pole to pole in 98 minutes, moving at 7 miles...

The Public Will Soon Be Able to Buy Military-Grade Satellite Images

August 13, 2014 On Wednesday, the world’s premier marketer of high-resolution satellite imagery, DigitalGlobe, successfully launched their new WorldView 3 (WV3) satellite. As Defense One reported in April, the WorldView 3 will operate 380 miles above the Earth’s surface and will go from pole to pole in 98 minutes, moving at 7 miles...