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Jassy: 'Significant political interference' on JEDI

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy spoke publicly for the first time this week on his company's decision to protest the Pentagon's award of the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract to Microsoft. Jassy said he believes that in some way, directly or indirectly, political influence and bias from President Trump weighed on the outcome. "I think if you do a truly objective, detailed, apples-to-apples comparison of the platforms, you don't end up in the spot where that decision is made," Jassy told reporters at his company's annual re:Invent conference. "Most of our customers tell us that we're a couple years ahead, both with regard to functionality and maturity. And I think that you end up with a situation with significant political interference." Billy Mitchell has the story from Las Vegas.

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CBP nixes expansion of facial recognition program

After pressure from privacy advocates and at least one senator, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not be following through on a proposal to expand its Biometric Exit program to U.S. citizens. The technology is meant to track foreign travelers as they enter and exit the country, and U.S. citizens can opt out of it. But a notice from CBP's parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, said the program would run more smoothly if everyone was required to participate. The pushback was swift, and CBP said Thursday it was ditching the idea. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier explains the agency's about-face.

VA launches institute to work on AI for veterans programs

The Trump administration's commitment to expanding the use of artificial intelligence continues with a plan for more research and development at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department's National Artificial Intelligence Institute will support new projects as well as existing efforts such as a project to use AI to reduce veterans’ wait times for health appointments. Tajha has more.

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DOJ's sensitive work means its cyberthreat profile is different

Earlier this week, we told you about the Department of Justice's plans to improve its identity and access management technology in 2020. From that same interview with CISO Nickolous Ward, our colleagues at CyberScoop reported on how the cyberthreats against DOJ have evolved as it takes on more investigations of criminal and nation-state hackers. Ward talks about what cybersecurity means for an investigative agency with a global footprint. Sean Lyngaas breaks it down.

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