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CFR experts investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on security, privacy, and international affairs.

Does Free Wi-Fi Improve Internet Accessibility in South Africa?

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A worker is seen atop of a mobile phone tower in Zurich, Switzerland September 1, 2016. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

Chenai Chair and Broc Rademan are researchers at Research ICT Africa, a public-interest research organization that examines information and communication technology policy in Africa. You can find them @RIAnetwork.

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What’s Next for ICANN in the Absence of U.S. Oversight? An Interview With Kal Raustiala

by Guest Blogger Thursday, February 16, 2017
Steve Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board, at ICANN's 53rd meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. (ICANN Photos)

The United States relinquished its stewardship role over the internet last year, to the celebration of some and the consternation of others. Kal Raustiala, author of “An Internet Whole and Free” in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, answers my questions on the future of the multistakeholder model and the role of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 

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The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia’s Information Warfare Strategy

by David Fidler Monday, February 13, 2017
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia November 7, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

In discussing what President Trump might do in cybersecurity, an acquaintance sent me a hyperlink to a story supporting his perspective. The link contained an article from RT, formerly known as Russia Today–a tool of the Russian government. The link appeared during our robust sharing of ideas, not as a warning about Russian propaganda. But, there, in my email inbox was a manifestation of Russian information warfare.

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President Trump’s Unlikely Effect on the U.S.-EU Tech Relationship

by Guest Blogger Thursday, February 9, 2017
Protesters rally near the Eiffel Tower to demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration order in Paris, France, February 4, 2017. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters).

Marietje Schaake is a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. You can follow her @MarietjeSchaake

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“You’re Fired!” Will Not Fix Federal Cybersecurity

by Robert Knake Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Donald Trump, former host of the NBC television reality series "The Apprentice", says his catch line from the show as he arrives at a casting call for the sixth season of the show at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles March 10, 2006. (Fred Prouser/Reuters).

Earl Crane, former director for federal cybersecurity at the National Security Council and founder of Emergent Network Defense, co-authored this piece. 

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China’s Big Data Push Runs Into Orwell and Red Tape

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma attends the opening ceremony of the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 16, 2016. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Lorand Laskai is a research associate in Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow him @lorandlaskai

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