Big Data: Stealth Control
Everyone who uses the Internet is implicated in a web of data collection; it relies on user data to produced tailored advertising revenue to support growth and free use. This digital profiling produces "the black box society," in which basic societal functions are performed in deliberate obscurity via collection and algorithmic manipulation of personal data such as location, age and political affiliation. In a new study, law professor Frank Pasquale examines how these algorithms impact money and information, and how algorithmic decision-making is taking society to a dangerous place. Steven Aftergood, Director of the Government Secrecy Project, examines Pasquale's study and the impacts of personal data collection in a new article published in Nature.LEARN MORE
The Nuclear Weapons "Procurement Holiday"
It has become popular among military and congressional leaders to argue that the United States has had a “procurement holiday” in nuclear force planning for the past two decades. During this "holiday," the United States has been busy modernizing and upgrading its nuclear forces including: submarines, bombers, missiles, cruise missiles, gravity bombs, reentry vehicles, command and control satellites, warhead surveillance and production facilities. Hans Kristensen writes that with the next cycle of upgrades, there needs to be a calm and intelligent assessment by policymakers to identify how much modernization and what types of systems are needed.LEARN MORE
Counting Nuclear Warheads in the Public Interest
For the past 28 years, the Nuclear Notebook has provided policymakers and public with critical, unclassified estimates of worldwide nuclear arsenals. This includes research on what kind of weapons are deployed, where they are located, stockpile trends, and methods of delivery. Notebook authors Hans Kristensen, Director of the Nuclear Information Project at FAS, and Robert Norris, FAS Senior Fellow for Nuclear Policy, take a look at some of the major accomplishments of the Notebook and the role it has played in the public debate.LEARN MORE
Rumors About Nuclear Weapons in Crimea
There have been many rumors that Russia has deployed nuclear weapons to Crimea after it invaded the region earlier this year. But, many of these rumors are overly alarmist and ignore the fact that a nuclear capable weapon is not the same as a nuclear warhead. The presence of Russian non-strategic nuclear forces in Crimea is not new; they have been there for decades. The uncertainty about what’s being moved to Crimea and what’s stored there illustrates the special problem with non-strategic nuclear forces: they tend to be dual-capable and serve both nuclear and conventional roles, a conventional deployment can quickly be misinterpreted as a nuclear signal or escalation whether intended or real or not.LEARN MORE