WHEN IT comes to using artificial intelligence (AI), intelligence agencies have been at it longer than most. In the cold war America's National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) explored early AI to help transcribe and translate the enormous volumes of Soviet phone-intercepts they began hoovering up in the 1960s and 1970s. Your browser does not support the audio element. Yet the technology was immature. One former European intelligence officer says his service did not use automatic transcription or translation in Afghanistan in the 2000s, relying on native speakers instead.
UK spies will need to use artificial intelligence (AI) to counter a range of threats, an intelligence report says. Adversaries are likely to use the technology for attacks in cyberspace and on the political system, and AI will be needed to detect and stop them. But AI is unlikely to predict who might be about to be involved in serious crimes, such as terrorism - and will not replace human judgement, it says. The report is based on unprecedented access to British intelligence. The Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) think tank also argues that the use of AI could give rise to new privacy and human-rights considerations, which will require new guidance.
As the sun rose over the banks of the Seine and the medieval, half-timbered houses of Rouen, France, on July 13, 2012, Hisham Almiraat opened his inbox to find "Denunciation" in the subject line of an email. "Please do not mention my name or anything," wrote the sender, Imane. "I do not want any trouble." The editor and co-founder of Mamfakinch, a pro-democracy website created in Morocco during the Arab Spring, Almiraat was one of his country's most outspoken dissidents and someone accustomed to cryptic emails: Moroccan activists faced jail time for their views and risked their jobs, or even their lives, for speaking out against their government. From Normandy's capital city, where Almiraat was in medical school, the bespectacled 36-year-old spent his time -- in between classes and hospital shifts -- mentoring, coaching, and editing more than 40 citizen journalists. The group covered the roiling unrest back in Almiraat's homeland, where he would soon return after completing his studies. Almiraat and his colleagues also trained Mamfakinch's writers to use encryption software, most notably the Onion Router, so that their online activities remained anonymous and shielded. Tor, as it's widely known, masks a user's identity and physical location. "People were relying on us to protect their…reputations, their careers, and probably also their freedoms," Almiraat says. "All of that could be put in jeopardy if that were made public." It was precisely this forethought that had earned Mamfakinch the Breaking Borders Award, sponsored by Google and the citizen-media group Global Voices, for its efforts "to defend and promote freedom of speech rights on the Internet." But on that July morning, just 11 days after receiving the award, Almiraat read the message from Imane and knew "something wasn't right."
Sensitive intelligence is being withheld from President Trump by U.S. intelligence officials because they are reportedly concerned that the information could be compromised. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that in some cases officials opted not to show the president how it collected the information. The paper, citing both former and current officials, said the decision to hold back information underscores the mistrust between the Executive Branch and spies. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he has heard about these concerns in the past. The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy.
British spies helped the CIA find a way to convert'smart' TVs into secret microphones using a codename inspired by Doctor Who killer monsters called'Weeping Angels'. MI5 worked with their US counterparts to develop software that convinced people their sets were switched off when in fact they were on and recording every word they say. British spies has been central to developing the hack of TVs connected to the internet, according to WikiLeaks. The spooks also chose to name it after to Weeping Angels from Doctor Who - monsters who pretended to be stone statues before creeping up on unsuspecting victims. US intelligence has also devised a method of remotely controlling cars and crashing them, leaked data claims.