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UAE’s Etisalat Digital And Dubai Future Accelerators Developing AI To Tackle Crime And Congestion

Etisalat Digital, a unit within the UAE’s largest telecommunications provider Etisalat, announced on 30 July 2018 that it is working with Dubai Future Accelerators on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) via video surveillance systems to tackle crime and road congestion in the UAE. The company said that the AI will be …

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Iran Hijacks Global Telegram App Traffic Prior To National Protest

Information from global users of the encrypted messenger app Telegram was purposefully directed through Iranian networks on Monday, 30 July 2018, according to several media reports. In what appears to have been a Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijack of global Telegram traffic by the Iranian state’s telecommunications company – the …

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Nine UAE Candidates Now In Russia For Astronaut Selection and Training

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A team from the UAE’s Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) consisting of Emirati officials and nine astronaut candidates are now in Russia, according to Russian state space agency Roscosmos. The nine Emirati astronaut candidates will now undergo further selection tests and medical evaluations by Russian specialists. From that group …

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Israel’s Gilat Bags Another Satellite Backhaul Customer In Latin America

Israel’s Gilat is expanding its geographical reach: a major Latin American telecommunications provider has selected Gilat to provide satellite backhaul for a mobile telephone network. Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a global provider of satellite-based broadband communications announced yesterday that it was chosen for a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network satellite backhaul …

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Saudi Arabia And Pakistan Explore Possible Cyber And AI Cooperation

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Khan Hasham Bin Saddique, met with Haitham A. Al-Ohali, the Saudi Arabian vice minister of communications and information technology, at his office in Riyadh on 24 July 2018, according to a report in the Saudi Gazette. The meeting included discussion on the …

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Iran’s Leafminer Is Tehran’s Latest Proxy Hacking Group With Ambitious Espionage Agenda

U.S. cyber security company Symantec has revealed the existence of a new Iranian proxy hacking group they have named ‘Leafminer’ and that have been operating since early 2017. Leafminer is engaged in cyber espionage against government and commercial targets throughout the Middle East, to include Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Israel, UAE, …

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Oman And India To Collaborate On Space Projects

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Oman in February 2018 has resulted in the release of a joint statement by Muscat and New Delhi identifying space as one of several sectors in which the two nations could collaborate. As a result of Modi’s visit earlier this year, a Memorandum …

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Saudi Cyber Warfare Expertise To Be Enhanced By Keith Alexander’s IronNet Cybersecurity

The Prince Mohammed bin Salman College of Cyber Security, Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technologies – an institution named after the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman – has signed a partnership agreement with IronNet Cybersecurity, the U.S.-based cyber advisory firm founded and headed by General Keith Alexander, U.S. …

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#SpaceWatchGL Op’ed: A Forgotten Disc. A Path to Peace. by Michelle Hanlon

Nestled inside a protective aluminum shell is a silicon disc about the size of a United States half dollar.  Inscribed on this disc are microscopic messages from leaders of 73 nations solicited by Thomas Paine, then head of NASA.  The messages, intended to be left on the Moon for posterity, …

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