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Competing for Digital Security Talent

Officers at CIA Labs can patent, license and profit from their work

It seems state intelligence just got more commercial, or at least more financially incentivised.

“Officers who develop new technologies at CIA Labs will be allowed to patent, license, and profit from their work, making 15% of the total income from the new invention with a cap of $150,000 per year. That could double most agency salaries and make the work more competitive with Silicon Valley.”

Government officers working on intelligence can therefore earn more money.

  • It also works with Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to do basic and expensive research where the private sector and academia often don’t deliver the goods.
  1. Data analytics.
  2. Biotechnology.
  3. Advanced materials
  4. High-performance quantum computing.

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AI Policy and Ethics at Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own.

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