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Census confident in IT as deadline looms

The Census Bureau has until Sept. 30 to complete its 2020 decennial survey. Despite the blitz to finish counting every person in America, the bureau feels "comfortable” with its IT operations and the ability to get it done, according to one senior official. Census enumerators are using iPhones equipped with an app to record responses from the homeless population this week. Dave Nyczepir has more.

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Air Force's Digital U looks to grow

The Air Force now has more than 3,000 airmen enrolled in its push to upskill its workforce with new online courses called Digital University. And as the service adds more men and women in uniform to the program, it's looking to industry for help on how to continuously refine the pathways it offers, like cloud engineering or user experience design. Jackson Barnett has more on Digital U.

Can your smartwatch detect COVID-19?

The Defense Innovation Unit is helping to develop an artificial intelligence-enabled early warning system for detecting COVID-19 infections in military personnel. Called Rapid Analysis of Threat Exposure (RATE), the project — in partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency — pulls biometric data from wearable devices, like smartwatches, that can detect slight physiological changes in a person who has contracted the disease but is not symptomatic. With early detection, DIU hopes it can help stop the spread of infection within the military. More from Jackson.

Customs and Border — but not data — Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year failed to enforce basic security practices at a subcontractor in advance of a hack that exposed 100,000 unique traveler photos, according to an inspector general report released Wednesday. The hack of surveillance technology firm Perceptics “may damage the public’s trust in the government’s ability to safeguard biometric data,” the watchdog said. CBP pointed the finger at Perceptics, but the IG said the buck stops with CBP. Read more on CyberScoop.

Season finale of Brilliant in 20 podcast

Don't miss the final episode of the first season of Brilliant in 20, a conversation with Carol Evans, CEO and executive director of SHARE Cancer Support and the founder and former president and CEO of Working Mother Media. Listen now.

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