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Published 16 May 2018

· How the Enlightenment ends

· The intel community’s annual transparency report raises more questions than it answers

· The intense storm heading to the mid-Atlantic might become a derecho. Here’s what that means.

· The Border Patrol’s “constitution-free” zone is probably larger than you think

· Gov. Brown orders major offensive against wildfire threat

· Hey, Big Tech, don’t abandon Uncle Sam’s cyber warriors

· Trump defends ZTE concession after sparking bipartisan rebuke

· Agency that vets Pentagon contractors’ security isn’t keeping up with the threat, audit finds

· Pentagon wants cloud secure enough to hold nuke secrets

How the Enlightenment ends (Henry A. Kissinger, The Atlantic)
Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.

The intel community’s annual transparency report raises more questions than it answers (Robyn Greene, Just Security)
In the waning hours of the day on Friday, May 4 – four days later than was statutorily required – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released its annual transparency report. This mandatory report, summarizing certain intelligence agencies’ surveillance activities in 2017, is one of the most important results of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015. However, the dramatic increase in the government’s collection and searches of Americans’ communications data that is detailed in the report raises serious questions about whether the intelligence community is adhering to Congress’ intent when it passed these laws, or if its interpretations of what surveillance the laws authorize is overly aggressive.

The intense storm heading to the mid-Atlantic might become a derecho. Here’s what that means. (Umair Irfan)
Heavy rain, swift wind, and hail are poised to strike Washington, DC, and the mid-Atlantic region.

How cities are reining in out-of-control policing tech (Robyn Greene, Slate)
Local governments are demanding accountability, transparency, and community participation on law enforcement surveillance practices.

The Border Patrol’s “constitution-free” zone is probably larger than you think (Tanvi Misra, Defense One)
All of Michigan, D.C., and a large chunk of Pennsylvania are part of the area where Border Patrol has expanded search and seizure rights. Here’s what it means to live or travel there.

Gov. Brown orders major offensive against wildfire threat (Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle)
The executive order will launch a slate of projects to improve forest conditions and increase fire protection, including a doubling of the amount of land managed by controlled burns, tree thinning and other forest-management tactics.

Hey, Big Tech, don’t abandon Uncle Sam’s cyber warriors (Michael Steed, Defense One)
There’s a dangerously misguided provision in the otherwise laudable accord signed recently by 30 leading tech companies.

Trump defends ZTE concession after sparking bipartisan rebuke (Justin Sink, Bloomberg)
President Donald Trump defended a move to help Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp. on Monday after his concession stoked bipartisan criticism that it could jeopardize national security.
Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have expressed concerns that Chinese telecom companies, such as ZTE, have ties to the Chinese government and pose a cyber espionage threat as they move into the U.S. market.

Agency that vets Pentagon contractors’ security isn’t keeping up with the threat, audit finds (Joseph Marks, Nextgov)
The Defense Security Service plans to shift to a risk-based approach, but needs to reach out to stakeholders, GAO says

Pentagon wants cloud secure enough to hold nuke secrets (Frank Konkel, Nextgov)
The Pentagon’s JEDI cloud will be designed to store the government’s most sensitive classified information, including nuclear secrets.