The White House announced Friday that the Global Connect Initiative is working to connect 1.5 billion people to the Internet worldwide by 2020.
The Department of State is supporting open data initiatives to work to end world hunger, such as Feed the Future and Project 8.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for a response to cyberattacks that mirrored military responses to other attacks against the United States.
Data can be a huge benefit to foreign aid programs, but only if the systems are in place to effectively collect and process that data, according to experts at an ITIF panel.
The United States and Germany are meeting to discuss international security in cyberspace, cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection, cyber defense, combating cyber crime, Internet freedom, and Internet governance. The meetings build off of June 2014 discussions held in Berlin, which focused on collaboration in key cyber issues over the last decade.
The State Department’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources has redesigned its main Web portal for making data on U.S. government foreign aid available to lawmakers, international aid organizations, and the general public. But a major effort is underway to improve the quality of the data collected and the site’s analytics capabilities.
U.S. agencies should renegotiate an international agreement to limit the export of surveillance and intrusion software because the deal handcuffs cybersecurity efforts, critics told a joint hearing of two House of Representatives subcommittees.