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Alexandra Kelley

Staff Correspondent, Nextgov/FCW

Alexandra Kelley
Alexandra Kelley reports on emerging technology for Nextgov/FCW. Her most recent post was covering breaking news for The Hill where she focused on a variety of quantitative subjects, including Big Tech and the economy, in addition to covering the coronavirus pandemic since late 2019. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2017.

White House cyber strategy can help mitigate AI dangers, official says

Acting National Cyber Director Kemba Walden noted that the underpinnings of the National Cyber Strategy can offer guardrails for emerging AI systems. 


Experts call for overhaul of 'outdated' critical infrastructure cyber policy

A new report analyzes the federal government’s approach to infrastructure cybersecurity as a key strategy document is getting a rewrite.


Emerging tech, misinformation dominate May transatlantic council talks

The Transatlantic Technology and Trade Council spent last week laying groundwork for unified action on new technologies worldwide.


U.S., South Korean agencies warn of state-sponsored spearphishing

The North Korea-affiliated group Kimsuky’s email attacks targeted research and media organizations.


FTC charges Ring over 'disregard' for customer data security

The Federal Trade Commission has proposed stronger security protocols for home video surveillance company Ring after years of mounting concern over data privacy.


US deploys tech diplomacy to cultivate leadership in emerging fields

The Biden administration’s latest foreign policy pillar prioritizes uniform standards on critical technologies within ally nations.


Clean energy advancements hinge on steady funding, Energy official says

Accelerating critical technologies to support a robust clean energy economic sector is a top priority for the agency’s 2024 budget request.


NIST updates cyber guidance for contractors handling sensitive data

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is accepting comments on the revised document through July 14. 


21-year-old Air Force IT specialist charged with leaking classified documents

A team of Justice and FBI agents arrested 21-year-old Jack Teixeira in Massachusetts in connection with the widespread intel leak.


White House bans government 'operational' use of commercial spyware in executive order

The Biden administration hopes the ban on government use of commercial spyware will serve as a model for other countries to help stem the proliferation of surreptitious surveillance tools.


Lawmaker and staffer health data exposed in insurance breach

The attack on local insurance company DC Health Link threatens to expose personal information of House lawmakers and Hill staffers.

Digital Government

Creating responsible AI presents 'major technical challenges,' NIST official says

Experts discussed the regulations needed for fast-developing AI software, with NIST’s Elham Tabassi emphasizing the need for proper data and measurement strategies for different systems.


EPA: States must evaluate cybersecurity of public water systems

The Environmental Protection Agency said it was expanding its capacity for helping states assess the cybersecurity of operational technology used in public water systems.


Cyberattacks on Energy's National Labs draw lawmaker scrutiny

The attacks, allegedly conducted by Russian-based adversaries, occurred during August and September 2022, potentially exposing sensitive U.S. scientific research.

Digital Government

State Department creates first office devoted to emerging technology diplomacy

The Office of the Special Envoy for Critical and Emerging Technology will facilitate strategic partnerships to develop and regulate innovative tech.

New U.S.-E.U. data privacy framework focuses on limiting U.S. surveillance

Fortifying European citizens’ data and privacy rights are central to the updated U.S.-EU Data Privacy Framework. 

Digital Government

State Department reverses course on communications tech exports to Iran to counter regime crackdown

The U.S. State Department expanded exports to grant Iranian citizens better access to secure communications.


Federal cyber mandates for water infrastructure are too costly to implement, experts tell Hill panel

A House hearing saw expert testimony emphasizing the need for steady funding to cybersecurity programs in water utility providers––especially in rural regions. 

Digital Government

White House roadmap will guide efforts to regulate crypto, digital assets

Several agencies contributed to the new framework, as the Biden administration eyes a streamlined approach to regulating and benefitting from the volatile digital asset marketplace.


NIST, Google announce chip R&D partnership

The public-private sector collaboration will make industry standard chips available to smaller research entities to encourage semiconductor manufacturing.