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Net Politics

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

Net Politics Podcast: Peter Swire

by Karen Kornbluh Thursday, December 8, 2016

In this latest episode of the Net Politics podcast, I sit down with Peter Swire, Nancy J. and Lawrence P. Huang Professor of Law and Ethics at the Georgia institute of Technology. He’s a leading privacy, cyberlaw scholar, and was one of five members of President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology.

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The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Revisits Terrorism in Cyberspace

by David Fidler Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Twitter hashtag for UN Counter-Terrorism Committee meetings on ICT terrorism, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016 (D Fidler) Twitter hashtag for UN Counter-Terrorism Committee meetings on ICT terrorism, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016 (D Fidler)

Last week, the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee held meetings on preventing the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for terrorist purposes. These meetings, like similar ones in December 2015, focused on the self-declared Islamic State’s use of the internet and social media and highlighted increased activities during 2016 against ICT terrorism by international organizations, governments, civil society, and tech companies. However, problems exposed in 2015 appeared again in these meetings, raising questions about what impact the increased actions have had.

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Russia Gains an Upper Hand in the Cyber Norms Debate

by Guest Blogger Monday, December 5, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Putin Smile Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a meeting with representatives of a business community at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia, February 3, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

Robert Morgus is a policy analyst with New America’s Cybersecurity Initiative and International Security Program and he is the co-author of the recently published Graphic Guide to Cyber Norms. You can follow him at @RobMorgus.

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Reading James Madison in Light of Twitter and Donald Trump

by David Fidler Thursday, December 1, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics James Madison Donald Trump Twitter James Madison, co-author of the Federalist Papers and fourth president of the United States.

The 2016 election, and its aftermath, has been filled with troubling information about online aspects of American politics. These problems include use of social media to disseminate misinformation and fake news (some linked to Russian propaganda activities), exploit the echo chamber phenomenon in online behavior, and prioritize incendiary speech. Controversy arose over the appointment to a White House position of someone who used online media to spout divisive rhetoric and provide digital succor to dangerous political views and groups.

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On Cybersecurity, Trump Must Let the Private Sector Lead

by Robert Knake Wednesday, November 30, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, October 4, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

In a video message posted last week, President-Elect Donald J. Trump said that he would ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense to develop a plan to protect critical infrastructure like the power grid from cyberattacks.

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