The enormous attention given to Bitcoin’s rise has prompted security agencies to ponder whether cryptocurrencies could become a terrorist financing tool. A recent case suggests terrorists may be testing the waters. But overreaction could stifle an important new financial technology.
The launch of more than 100 satellites on board the Indian Polar Space Launch Vehicle (PSLV) last week has smashed the previous world record held by Russia since 2014. India’s space programme is driven by regional competition and security concerns, national ambition in the scientific domain and, above all, a laser focus on cost effectiveness.
The deputy commander of the US Navy, Admiral Bill Moran, has announced that its thinking on unmanned systems had changed. The systems now no longer needed their own separate office and its areas of interest and responsibilities would now be absorbed within existing structures. It’s the American way.
The recent leaks about the surveillance capabilities of our intelligence agencies have undoubtedly harmed national security. Nevertheless, they also provide a long overdue opportunity to update legislation that will help security agencies and protect the rights of individuals.
Where should the limits surveillance be placed? And how should intelligence oversight work? Following his first public speech delivered at RUSI, Andrew Parker, Director General of MI5 sparked off a national and international debate about the current terrorist threat and the role of surveillance and intelligence.
The intelligence-gathering revelations from Edward Snowden did harm national security, but they should now serve as an opportunity to have a mature national conversation on the hierarchy of accountability in intelligence gathering.
There currently exists an alphabet soup of organisations tasked with upholding the the UK’s cyber-defences. Proposals for a national UK Cyber Response Team will therefore need to have clear responsibilities, differentiating from other cyber-response initiatives