War in Ukraine: Technology Lab in Conflict | War in Ukraine

War in Ukraine: Technology Lab in Times of Conflict | War in Ukraine

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The conflict in Ukraine shows that the technology sector can help defend a country in times of war, says former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, now an adviser to the United States government in the field of artificial intelligence.

The Ukrainian government managed to protect its data from Russian cyberattacks and successfully mobilized applications that informed the army in real time of the movements of Russian forces, Schmidt explained Monday during a meeting. #x27;an online conference, after a 36-hour stay in Ukraine.

Among the initiatives taken by the young Ukrainian Parliament from the beginning of the Russian offensive on February 24: the repeal of a law which prevented the government to store its data in a dematerialized database.

They moved all their data from government servers to the cloud, he said.

Then the Ukrainians turned to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to receive terminals from the internal Starlink satellite service, which frustrated the Russian strategy to disable Ukrainian communications, according to Schmidt.

Other business leaders and donors have distributed funds to Ukraine for the purchase of Starlink terminals, the number of which has now reached 20,000 in the country, recalled the ex-CEO of Google.

The Ukrainian government also expanded the use of an encrypted Estonian app that Ukrainians were already using to store copies of their passports, ID cards, bank accounts, etc. on their phones. .

If your house was bombed, you could send a photo and the emergency services were immediately notified, and the military informed, he said.

Finally, authorities in kyiv launched a service using the Swiss encrypted messaging app Threema that allowed every Ukrainian to report Russian tanks to the government. The information received was then analyzed with the help of artificial intelligence to define the most useful targets.

Their internet remained operational, their government data remained secure, and they had the means to allow citizen-journalists to pass information to them, he said.

The ex-CEO of Google also highlighted the Kyiv authorities' use of cyberattacks against Russia, on which he refrained from commenting. expand.

He also reported reports that Ukrainian forces used facial recognition to identify Russian soldiers accused of committing war crimes.

He further mentioned the Ukrainian drone army project, which foresees the extensive use of drones by Ukrainian forces, and their ability to take control Russian drones. Their programmers are very good at hacking and using them, he noted.

Based on the little data I have gathered, I can say that the Ukrainian technology sector has really contributed to the fight, he concluded.

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