IARPA in the News

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.

Newsweek

For years, and with many false starts and failed attempts, researchers have sought to develop ways to raise the IQ of the average human, for obvious reasons: Smarter humans would, they assume, be fitter, happier and more productive.

No one needs intelligence more than the military. That's why the U.S. armed forces and intelligence services are working on a stunning array of pioneering brain development techniques that could one day make their way into civilian life. The intelligence community’s advanced research organization wants to find live, real-world cyberattack data to test incursion detection techniques used by large organizations.

Slate Magazine

The date is June 30, 2012. Computer scientist Naren Ramakrishnan is in his Virginia Tech lab watching a map of the Americas on his computer screen. A band of hundreds of red dots hovers over Mexico City; another band is over the Brazil–Paraguay border. The dot cluster is ringed by concentric circles of yellow, green, and blue. It looks almost like a radiant heat map, as though the capital of Mexico and the Brazilian border town of Foz do Iguaçu are on fire, but they aren’t—at least, not yet. These dots represent geotagged tweets containing the terms “país,” “trabajador,” “trabaj,” “president,” and “protest.” The controversial Enrique Peña Nieto is about to be officially elected the president of Mexico, and the geotagged tweets represent a march taking form to protest his election.

NetworkWorld

In the security business one can never have enough trust. And one government group now wants your help in developing a software program that could help decide who's trustworthy and who isn't.

A software competition announced recently by the Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) group is looking to the public to develop what it calls an "algorithm that identifies and extracts such signals from data recorded while volunteers engaged in various types of trust activities.