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Dec 12, 2019 Press Release
Yesterday, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which included a key provision to protect federal research from foreign theft. The text of provision was pulled from H.R. 3038, the Securing American Science and Technology Act (SASTA), which was introduced by members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in May of 2019.
Dec 9, 2019 Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives considered and passed five bipartisan Science, Space, and Technology Committee bills under suspension of the rules. 

Dec 9, 2019 Bill

This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support research on generative adversarial networks. A generative adversarial network is a software system designed to be trained with authentic inputs (e.g., photographs) to generate similar, but artificial, outputs (e.g., deepfakes).

Oct 15, 2019 Hearing

Note Location:

Bloomfield Public Schools Early Childhood Center at Forest Glen
280 Davey Street
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

Sep 26, 2019 Opening Statement
Thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill, for holding this hearing on the growing problem of disinformation on social media.
We all know that photos these days can be digitally altered so easily that it’s all but impossible to tell what’s real and what’s not.
There’s now a growing problem where audio and video can be altered so convincingly that it can appear that someone has said or done something that never happened. These deepfakes can be produced more and more easily.
Sep 26, 2019 Opening Statement

Good Afternoon and thank you, Chairwoman Sherrill, for convening this important hearing.

We are here today to explore technologies that enable online disinformation. We’ll look at trends and emerging technology in this field, and consider research strategies that can help to detect and combat sophisticated deceptions and so-called “deepfakes.”

Disinformation is not new. It has been used throughout history to influence and mislead people.

Jul 17, 2019 Opening Statement

In science, carrying out our work with integrity is a bedrock principle. 

To quote a National Academies report on the responsible conduct of research: “The public will support science only if it can trust the scientists and institutions that conduct research.”

We must have rigorous policies on scientific integrity, research misconduct, conflict of interest, and data transparency. This instills public trust and confidence in taxpayer funded research.