DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: DARPA’s Shredder Challenge

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On Monday, Nov. 21, 2011, we hosted a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with Mr. Dan Kaufman and Dr. Norm Whitaker, the director and deputy director of the Information Innovation Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). They spoke about DARPA’s Shredder Challenge.

DARPA’s Shredder Challenge calls on computer scientists, puzzle enthusiasts, and anyone else who likes solving complex problems to compete for up to $50,000 by piecing together a series of shredded documents. The goal is to identify and assess potential capabilities that could be used by U.S. warfighters operating in war zones, but might also create vulnerabilities to sensitive information that is protected through our own shredding practices throughout the U.S. national security community.

The challenge was launched on Oct. 27 and runs through Dec. 4. Due to the complexity of the final puzzles, newcomers with a winning approach can still take the lead and claim the $50,000 prize. The final 2 puzzles are the most complex of the 5 shredded documents, with a total of 8,408 pieces between them. The competition ends Dec. 4.

Listen to the roundtable audio here.

Read the transcript

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