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Welcome to CTRL Forward, a product of the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Wilson Center. This is a space for quick insights on the latest science and technology policy, for non-scientists.

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From Supply Chains to Spacecraft: Taking an Integrated Approach to Cybersecurity in Space

“Today, there’s enormous excitement around some really highly visible developments, but almost ironically, the most essential space-based services are often invisible to us as users and at the same time invaluable in our daily lives and in the functioning of our society,” said Dr. Jamie M. Morin, Executive Director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation, at a Wilson Center event held July 14.

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CitSciVirtual 2021

Intersections between Open Science Hardware (OSH) and Citizen Science: Reflections Following CitSciVirtual 2021

As part of CitSciVirtual 2021, members of the Open Environmental Data Project, Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH), and the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP) convened a workshop exploring “Open Tools for Collaborative Science: The Value of Open Hardware in Citizen and Community Science.” This article explores key themes from that workshop.

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Cybersecurity Threats in Space: A Roadmap for Future Policy

Much of the world’s critical infrastructure is heavily dependent on space, specifically space-based assets, for its daily functioning. Essential systems -- such as communications, air transport, maritime trade, financial services, weather monitoring and defense -- all rely heavily on space infrastructure, including satellites, ground stations and data links at the national, regional and international level. This dependence poses a serious, and yet frequently underrecognized, security dilemma -- especially cyber threats -- for critical infrastructure providers and policymakers alike.

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National Video Games Day: It's Not What You're Playing, But Who You're Playing With

We have seen an explosion of video game usage during the pandemic. Bringing people together is what video games do best.

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Quantum Computer

Games Round Up: Quantum Computing

Games are a particularly useful tool for understanding abstract STEM concepts, incorporating visual cues and active participation shown to help people understand quantum principles. The following examples are how some quantum experts are leveraging games for non-expert audiences, both in explaining the core concepts of quantum as well as crowdsourcing quantum research.

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