IARPA in the News 2014

NPR

The morning I met Elaine Rich, she was sitting at the kitchen table of her small town home in suburban Maryland trying to estimate refugee flows in Syria.

It wasn't the only question she was considering; there were others:

Will North Korea launch a new multistage missile before May 10, 2014?

SIGNAL Magazine

Researchers working on behalf of the U.S. intelligence agencies can use reams of open source, anonymous data to foretell social turmoil such as disease outbreaks or international political unrest. Once fully developed, the capability to predict coming events may allow U.S. officials to more effectively respond to public health threats; to improve embassy security before an imminent attack; or to more quickly and effectively respond to humanitarian crises.

Nextgov

The trouble with Google Flu Trends might not be “big data hubris” as charged by a recent analysis in the journal Science, but rather that Google’s data simply wasn’t big enough to be sufficiently predictive, a program director at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity said on Tuesday....

NOVA Next

In February, while the world was watching citizens of the Ukraine topple their government from behind barricades of flaming tires, computer scientist Naren Ramakrishnan and his research team were intently watching a similar situation unfold in Venezuela.

FCW

The intelligence community’s advanced research organization wants to find live, real-world cyberattack data to test incursion detection techniques used by large organizations.

In a request for information posted March 4 on the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity web site, the group said it wants to find a better way to evaluate detection techniques as cyberattacks proliferate from different types of assailants and from varied geographical locations using multiple technologies.