Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently traveled from Washington D.C. to New York with her senior team in tow, to announce the creation of the National Risk Management Center.  It is intended to be DHS' tip of the spear when it comes to information sharing between the public ...

Technological advancements in the past 30 years have in many ways democratized access to information and disrupted countless industries – from journalism to national security. Increasingly, intelligence-rich assessments are being made by non-intelligence professionals. Consider the 20-year-old Australian student who revealed the pattern of life on U.S. military bases, simply ...

Is a future where people can be arrested for crimes they have not yet committed dystopian or utopian? While this scenario remains the fodder of science fiction, new tools are rapidly challenging our libertarian conceptions of innocent until proven guilty. In the last few decades there has been enormous growth ...

The world has seen an enormous surge in the amount of data available, particularly human-generated digital exhaust from our Internet and communications habits. But only a small portion of this data is actually useful for security professionals. The U.S. Intelligence Community is hard pressed to find new tools to assist ...

What if it were possible to predict where a crime took place before it actually occurred – even determining the identity of the culprit in advance? Social scientists have long believed that historical crime trends influence future patterns. The revolution in advanced machine learning is putting these theories to the ...

The clash between the tech industry and the federal government over data access has become an enduring part of the national narrative about countering violent extremism. On one side, there are those who argue that, as along as proper legal procedures are followed, the government should have access to people’s ...

Social media is a potentially powerful source of information for the Intelligence Community, but the tensions between the government and the tech industry have made it more difficult for the IC to partner with industry in order to efficiently utilize it. The Cipher Brief asked Rhea Siers, former Deputy Associate ...

The issue of government access to privately held data about American citizens is an important one, and the debate about privacy has expanded into the field of social media. In early May, a firm called Dataminr – which provides real time updates on breaking events by monitoring Twitter data – ...