SRI International gets USD8.5m DARPA contract

SRI International has been awarded a USD8.5 million contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Brandeis program through the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) to explore how privacy-preserving technologies can be applied to enable information sharing while safeguarding sensitive data across large-scale enterprises, the company said.

The vision of the Brandeis program is to break the tension between the need for maintaining privacy and sharing data for collaboration. Researchers will explore the best ways to allow the use of information without losing control of that information.

For this contract, SRI will focus on bringing technologies together to enable sharing–and controlling–sensitive data within large, and in many cases multinational, organizations.

SRI will advance state-of-the-art technologies to facilitate the use of sensitive information for critical applications such as humanitarian relief, while ensuring privacy preservation. SRI will motivate technology development, help define information sharing-policy specification requirements, and provide a platform to deploy, experiment with, and evaluate the effectiveness of these technologies in enterprises.

SRI International creates world-changing solutions making people safer, healthier, and more productive. SRI, a research center headquartered in Menlo Park, California, works primarily in advanced technology and systems, biosciences, computing, and education. SRI brings its innovations to the marketplace through technology licensing, spin-off ventures and new product solutions.