American Alliance of Museums Says 67% of Museums Cut Education Funding

Masked employees at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on August 29, 2020 in New York City. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Despite the best efforts of certain institutions that have thrown resources into remote education, community stewardship and digital programming, American museums have been struggling hugely this year. In July, the American Alliance of Museums predicted that a third of all United States museums may close for good, leading to an additional loss of 242,000 jobs unless institutions get urgent federal support. This week, an updated report from the AAM revealed further disturbing statistics: according to its conducted survey, 67% of the museums that responded have had to cut back on education, programming, and other public services due to budget shortfalls associated with the pandemic.

At a time when museums are being called to provide those stuck at home with educational programming, they’re being forced to slash public services. This is a

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O-RAN ALLIANCE Welcomes New Board Members and Announces Further Progress and Demos Towards Open and Intelligent RAN

  • KDDI, Rakuten Mobile and Vodafone are elected to the O-RAN ALLIANCE Board of Directors

  • Newly released technical specifications enrich the standards for developing O-RAN networks

  • O-RAN Security Task Group addresses the security aspects of open RAN

  • O-RAN Virtual Exhibition Provides Insights on Companies Progressing with their O-RAN Implementations

The O-RAN ALLIANCE concluded its first two years of successful operation, delivering major progress in standardizing open and intelligent Radio Access Networks (RAN).

Welcoming Rakuten Mobile as its new operator member, the O-RAN ALLIANCE now represents the leadership of 27 major carriers joining forces towards making the RAN industry truly open, intelligent, virtualized and fully interoperable. With strong support of contributors and academic contributors, O-RAN now has over 230 companies driving the definition and realization of O-RAN technology.

At its Annual General Meeting held on October 27, 2020, the O-RAN ALLIANCE Members have elected the Board of Directors for the upcoming 2-year

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World’s record entanglement storage sets up a milestone for Quantum Internet Alliance

World’s record entanglement storage sets up a milestone for the European Quantum Internet Alliance
The Quantum Internet Alliance consortium is part of the first phase of funding of the EU quantum flagship. Credit: QuTech-Delft

Researchers from Sorbonne University in Paris have achieved a highly efficient transfer of quantum entanglement into and out of two quantum memory devices. This achievement brings a key ingredient for the scalability of a future quantum internet.


A quantum internet that connects multiple locations is a key step in quantum technology roadmaps worldwide. In this context, the European Quantum Flagship Programme launched the Quantum Internet Alliance in 2018. This consortium coordinated by Stephanie Wehner (QuTech-Delft) consists of 12 leading research groups at universities from eight European countries, in close cooperation with over 20 companies and institutes. They combined their resources and areas of expertise to develop a blueprint for a future quantum internet and the required technologies.

A quantum internet uses an intriguing quantum phenomenon to connect different nodes in

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Alliance with Earthling Security Provides Respond Software with New Sales Channel and FedRAMP Assistance

Respond Software, the cybersecurity investigation automation company, announced today that it has signed with Earthling Security, a leading FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO), to benefit from its FedRAMP advisory services. The company has also signed Earthling Security as an MSSP partner.

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMPSM) is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. With a recently signed contract to deliver the intelligent decision automation platform for the U.S. Air Force, Respond Software is working closely with the service branch as the sponsoring organization to achieve FedRAMP authorization. Earthling will operate as the advising 3PAO for the FedRAMP authorization process and offer the Respond Analyst as part of its existing managed detection and response offering.

Mike Armistead, CEO and founder, Respond Software, said: “We have a rigorous plan in

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