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Brandi Vincent

Brandi Vincent
Brandi Vincent reports on the federal government's use of and policies for emerging technologies—including but not limited to supercomputing, artificial intelligence, biometrics, and the internet of things. Before joining Nextgov, Brandi helped create news for millennials at Snapchat and mixed media at NBC News. She grew up in south Louisiana and received a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Tech & Data

Top Tech Companies Begin Pushing Priorities for Biden Administration

Microsoft, IBM and other companies urged the president-elect to consider policies for boosting workforce development, solving the pandemic and addressing biometrics in surveillance.

Tech & Data

Self-Driving Shuttles Are Set to Be Deployed at Yellowstone National Park in 2021

The National Park Service is exploring emerging, autonomous technologies through a new pilot program that the public can opt to participate in.

Tech & Data

NOAA Partners with Google to Boost Weather Forecasts with AI

The roughly $10 million deal will also incorporate new hands-on training opportunities for both entities’ personnel.

Tech & Data

How the Energy Department is Working to Engage Americans on Exascale Supercomputing

Officials also offered updates on how the buildout of U.S. exascale machines is unfolding.

Tech & Data

House Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Provide Legal Backing for Blockchain Records

It marks the latest of several other acts recently introduced that hone in on the emerging technology.

Tech & Data

Lawmakers Propose Using FCC E-Rate Funds to Boost Individuals’ Internet Access

The Federal Communications Commission-provided funds have historically been distributed to institutions instead of people.

Tech & Data

Lawmakers Propose $1M to Examine How Mis- And Disinformation Impacted Covid-19 Response

In particular, they’d like to know more about foreign and domestic sources propagating false information.

Tech & Data

How Good Is Your Phishing Training? A New Tool Could Help Figure That Out.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology are looking to pool more data from outside organizations to further refine it.

Tech & Data

Bipartisan House Bill Targets Improving Digital Identity Verification

The measure would create a task force of local, state and federal officials to produce a comprehensive, standards-based approach to digital identity verification.

Tech & Data

USDA Makes New Move in Broad Effort to Bring Innovative Tech to America’s Farmers

The agriculture-focused agency wants public input on potentially disruptive ideas that could be ready to be implemented.

Tech & Data

Open-Source Project Aims to Broaden Access to Early Alerts for Earthquakes 

Using internet of things devices and open-source standards, developers and citizen scientists can help monitor earthquake activity, deliver alerts in moments of risk—and more. 

Tech & Data

U.S., International Lawmakers Push Facebook to Stop Online Hate Targeting Women

The social media giant must more aggressively enforce rules that it already has in place, they said.

Tech & Data

In Bid to Boost Tech Workforce, University of Florida Develops 'Fastest' Academic Supercomputer

The artificial intelligence-rooted supercomputer, built in part with funding from Nvidia, will be used in AI-centric courses. The university has to hiring 100 new faculty members who are focused on the evolving technology.

Tech & Data

Report: Governments Should Turn to AI Before Disaster Strikes

The technology could help forecast future and impending disasters in real time, assess damage in the aftermath, and predict and evaluate impacts.

Tech & Data

President Trump Signs Law to Curb Unwanted Robocalls

The law supports several federal agencies in more aggressively combating the annoying, automatic calls.

Infrastructure

USDA Accepting Applications to Fund Rural Broadband Services

The agency is making at least $600 million available and the pot is open to rural electrical cooperatives and municipalities, as well as telecom companies.