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SciFiAfricaMag
03/17/2020

The Global Rise Of Artificial Intelligence Holds Both Promise And Danger, And Africa Needs Its Own Experts To Balance The Two

Developing countries, with their “overstretched and unconsolidated democracies”, are particularly at risk of such nefarious uses, says Clayton Besaw, a research associate at the United States-based One Earth Future foundation, which promotes peace through good governance. He says African countries should introduce regulation to make sure the technology is not abused. “Obviously each country has its own complexities and nuance,” says Besaw. 

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03/13/2020

Experts: N. Korea’s Recent Launches Tested Missiles To Target S. Korea

North Korea’s recent missile launch tests have nuclear weapons experts around the world on watch and weighing in on the tension unfolding across the Korean Peninsula. OEF’s Xu Tianran, says, “This is especially important for North Korea as its armed forces cannot provide enough air cover for its assets on the ground.”

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03/02/2020

North Korea Marks Year Of Failed Trump Talks With Missiles

Based on the limited information available, the projectiles appear to be the KN-24 -- a solid-fuel, short-range ballistic missile -- or a multiple rocket launch system, said Melissa Hanham, a weapons expert and deputy director of the Open Nuclear Network. She added that with its low altitude and maneuverability, KN-24 missiles “are difficult to track and intercept.”

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Forbes
02/26/2020

This Kenyan Marine Biologist Grew Up 17 Hours Away From The Ocean

Our postdoc Nelly Isigi Kadagi grew up a rough, 17-hour drive away from the sea, but now she is one of the key figures in the conservation of some of the biggest, most mysterious fish in the sea: Billfish like marlin, swordfish and their close relatives.

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The Conversation
02/16/2020

Guinea Bissau Election Inspires Optimism – But There Are Still Big Risks

When forecasting Guinea-Bissau’s risk post-election, CoupCast suggests that the country’s risk remains higher than the average risk in sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Diplomat logo
02/13/2020

Maritime Security In The Asia-Pacific: Measuring Challenges And Progress

In order to help fill this gap in our collective understanding, Stable Seas launched its initial Maritime Security Index in 2018. The index uses a wide variety of data across nine issue areas and is meant as a tool to: help maritime policymakers better understand the relationship between various aspects of maritime security; assist in identifying trends, either positive or negative at state and regional levels; and serve as a tool for resource advocacy. While the initial version of the index covered sub-Saharan Africa, it has recently been expanded to include the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia.

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The Conversation
02/12/2020

Hackers Could Shut Down Satellites – Or Turn Them Into Weapons

Satellites are typically controlled from ground stations. These stations run computers with software vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. If hackers were to infiltrate these computers, they could send malicious commands to the satellites.

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Hakai Magazine
02/06/2020

How Rampant Illegal Fishing Is Destabilizing Somalia

In that report, lead author Colleen Devlin breaks Somalia’s recent past into three distinct periods: from 1998 to 2000, conflict between domestic and foreign fishers soared; from 2002 to 2010, Somali pirates took control of the water, driving back foreign vessels; and from 2014 to 2015, piracy calmed and the foreign fleets returned, stoking a new set of tensions.

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Hakai Magazine
02/05/2020

The African Coastline Is a Battleground for Foreign Fleets and Artisanal Fishers

For local communities already struggling with pollution and climate change, illegal industrial fishing “is an additional stressor that depletes fisheries resources,” says Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood, a research consultant for Colorado-based One Earth Future who was not involved in the study. This has far-reaching implications for social development and the attainment of multiple sustainable development goals.

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01/27/2020

Ethiopia to launch artificial intelligence development center

In their co-produced piece, ‘Artificial Intelligence in Africa is a Double-edged Sword’ Clayton Besaw and John Filitz suggested that intergovernmental organizations should seek to partner with AI entrepreneurs and corporate actors in Africa while simultaneously providing training to government officials in AI and digital forensics.

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