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Net Politics

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

Dropping the Cyber Bomb? Spectacular Claims and Unremarkable Effects

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Cyber CFR Net Politics A B52 dropping bombs over Vietnam. Cyber bombs and actual bombs are not the same thing. (U.S. Air Force).

Brandon Valeriano is a reader at Cardiff University and a fellow at the Niskanen Center, Heather Roff is a research scientist at the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, and Sean Lawson is an associate professor at the University of Utah.

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Ted Cruz Wants to Shrink Government, Except When It Comes to the Internet

by Robert Knake Wednesday, May 18, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks with the media before a campaign event. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters).

It is a strange world we are living in when a Democratic President wants to reduce government interference in the private sector and the GOP’s standard bearer for limited government is fighting to stop him. That is what is happening with the continued fight over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its contract with the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA).

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Net Politics Podcast: Arati Prabhakar and John Launchbury

by Adam Segal Monday, May 16, 2016
The autonomous ship "Sea Hunter", developed by DARPA, is shown docked in Portland, Oregon after its christening ceremony, April 7, 2016. (Steve Dipaola/Reuters) The autonomous ship "Sea Hunter", developed by DARPA, is shown docked in Portland, Oregon after its christening ceremony, April 7, 2016. (Steve Dipaola/Reuters)

In the tenth episode of the Net Politics podcast, I sit down with Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and John Launchbury, Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA.

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The Cyber Act of War Act: A Proposal for a Problem the Law Can’t Fix

by David Fidler Thursday, May 12, 2016
CFR Net Politics Cyber President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany in 1917.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, Senator Mike Rounds argued the United States urgently needs “a clear and concise definition of when an attack in cyberspace constitutes an act of war.” To produce this definition, Rounds introduced the “Cyber Act of War Act” to remove “dangerous ambiguity” in U.S. policy and better prepare the United States “to respond to cyberattacks and better deter bad actors from attempting an attack on the U.S. in the first place.” Unfortunately for Rounds, his proposal would neither produce the definition he believes is critical nor advance policy from where it presently stands.

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The TTIP Leaks and the Future of Electronic Commerce in International Trade Law

by David Fidler Thursday, May 5, 2016
CFR Net Politics Cyber TTIP A member of the environmental campaign group Greenpeace holds a copy of the leaked TTIP negotiations during a news conference outlining its analysis of TTIP negotiations in Berlin, Germany, May 2, 2016. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters).

Greenpeace’s disclosure of negotiating documents concerning the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the United States and the European Union (EU) has renewed controversies about TTIP specifically and trade agreements generally. Although the released documents do not cover all issues under negotiation or include the negotiating text on electronic commerce, the leaks highlight factors that spell trouble for the goal of modernizing international trade law for the digital age.

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