April 29, 2014

The National Security Agency is coming to a university near you.

Background: poeloq / Flickr
Background: poeloq / Flickr

The agency has launched an initiative to strengthen contacts between tech-heavy U.S. American colleges and universities. The project will coordinate academic collaboration to best protect Internet infrastructure. Already, the NSA has awarded funds and resources to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of Maryland, and the University of North Carolina to set up so-called “lablets” on their campuses.

In a release, the press-shy NSA said the “lablets” program (read: small labs), which launched three years ago, has already given nearly three hundred universities an opportunity to accept research money and expertise to develop collaborative relationships in the name of “Science of Security,” or SoS.

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