New: The intelligence community's Global Trends 2040 report says the pandemic is the most "significant, singular global disruption" since WWII, an event that is likely to profoundly impact world development for decades to come.…
Among its dire predictions, the Global Trends 2040 report envisions continued fragmentation of communities where “people are likely to gravitate to information silos of people who share similar views, reinforcing beliefs and understanding of the truth.”…
The pandemic is just one of numerous global challenges “without a direct human agent or perpetrator” likely to become more frequent and intense in coming decades. Others: demographic shifts, the impact of climate change, migration, and financial crises.…
“During the next 20 years, the physical effects from climate change of higher temperatures, sea level rise, and extreme weather events will impact every country,” with the costs falling disproportionately on the developing world, the report says.…
The report anticipates technology will continue to play an integral and expanding role in everyday life, with an accelerating pace and reach of breakthroughs so seismic they will transform society’s collective understanding of the human experience.…
But AI and other technologies—such as an Internet of Things ecosystem that could top a trillion devices by 2040—may come with potentially steep, Orwellian erosions of civil liberties and a common, shared reality.…

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This is strange, as the FBI has solicited proposals from vendors to pull vast troves of public data from social media “to proactively identify and reactively monitor threats to the United States and its interests” as @JeffHorwitz and I have reported.…
As @RachelBLevinson—who has done excellent research into this area—points out, this stated view appears in clear disagreement with FBI’s written policies.
FBI’s wish list included the ability to “obtain the full social media profile of persons-of-interest and their affiliation to any organization or groups,” and to monitor activity of people in specific neighborhoods and search for key words connected to potential illegal activity.
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This might be rather significant. Gaining access to sealed judiciary records could be especially valuable to foreign spies because of the extreme sensitivity of info they often contain, like investigative techniques described in search warrants.…
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President-elect Biden, in most extensive remarks on the SolarWinds hack to date, says Trump admin needs to clearly and publicly call out who is responsible and that all indications are Russia is the culprit.

“Even if (Trump) does not take it seriously, I will.”
Biden emphasizes cybersecurity is among the gravest threats facing the United States and it should be treated as such across the entire federal government. He likens it to other "unconventional weapons" that can wreck an unprepared nation.
Asked if the SolarWinds hack is an act of war (experts say no), Biden pivots. “First of all, it is a grave risk and it continues. I see no evidence that it is under control ... And the Defense Department won’t even brief us" on it.
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