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NIST Grants to Fund Research in Cybersecurity

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is offering to fund research projects that address specific challenges in the fields of advanced manufacturing, climate change and clean energy, cybersecurity, health care and bioscience.

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Applying “Just War” Tradition to Secret Intelligence

Recent classified information leaks have shone a spotlight on current challenges with digital intelligence gathering processes and legal frameworks; yet, digital intelligence has proved invaluable in confronting modern day threats. A new paper issued by the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) proposes that six principles of the “just war” tradition underlying international humanitarian law could serve as a necessary framework for new norms to govern secret intelligence activities.

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First Scientific Area Committee Meetings, February 2015

The first set of public meetings of NIST's Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) was held last week in Orlando, Fla. The meetings included presentations and discussion of priorities for developing forensic science standards and guidelines for each forensic science discipline.

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There's an App for Crisis Events

Two new apps developed at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi use social media to help police officers, news stations, and the public navigate the many incidents and minor emergencies that may occur on a daily basis.

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Digital Evidence Subcommittee Members Announced

NIST announced the initial members of the Forensic Science Digital Evidence Subcommittee of OSAC.

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New Digital Evidence Unit for DFS

The Digital Evidence Unit of the District of Columbia's Department of Forensic Sciences is up and running, DFS Director Max Houck announced in late December.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.

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