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The Cyber Competition Between the United States and Iran Matters Less Than You Think

by David Fidler Thursday, February 26, 2015
Cyber CFR Net Politics Iran United States U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva, January 14, 2015. (Rick Wilking/Courtesy Reuters).

The emergence of cybersecurity as a global problem reveals that states are harnessing cyber technologies in the service of their respective national security and foreign policy interests. One question arising from this phenomenon is how the embrace of cyber means and methods might affect strategic and geopolitical competition among rival powers. Will the increasing exploitation of cyber technologies destabilize power politics given the technologies’ unique qualities? Or will these technologies become just another tool rivals use jockeying for international influence?

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David Fidler Joins the Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program

by Adam Segal Thursday, February 26, 2015

I am pleased to announce that David Fidler, one of the world’s leading experts on international law and cyberspace, has joined the Council on Foreign Relations’ Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program. David will be a regular contributor to Net Politics, where he will primarily examine cybersecurity and international legal issues.

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A Red Cross for Cyberspace Is a Novel Idea, but Would it Work?

by Alex Grigsby Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Red Cross CFR Cyber Net Politics An official of the International Committee of The Red Cross works on a computer near the Syrian-Jordanian border in 2014. Could the Red Cross model to assist victims of conflict apply to cyberspace? (Muhammad Hamed/Courtesy Reuters).

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Tim Maurer and Duncan Hollis from the New America Foundation published a piece in Time last week in which they proposed the idea of creating a Red Cross (yes, that one) for cyberspace. In a nutshell, they argue that a global federation of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), similar to the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, could provide neutral, impartial and independent cybersecurity assistance to those who require it. Read more »

Guest Post: The White House Cyber Summit Was Great, But Questions Remain

by Guest Blogger Thursday, February 19, 2015
POTUS Stanford CFR Cyber Net Politics U.S. President Barack Obama looks up as he signs an executive order to promote sharing of cybersecurity threat information within the private sector and between the private sector and government at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California on February 13, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

Matthew H. Fleming is a Fellow with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, a federally funded research and development center serving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Opinions are his own.

Last Friday, the White House held its “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection” on the campus of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Read more »

Guest Post: Taking the Fear Out of Cyberattacks

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, February 11, 2015
NCCIC POTUS Cyber CFR DHS Net Politics U.S. President Barack Obama talks next to Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson (L) at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in Arlington, Virginia, January 13, 2015. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters).

Harry Oppenheimer is a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the wake of recent cyberattacks on Sony, there was a short public debate about what to call the computer breach. President Obama settled on cyber vandalism but a number of politicians, including Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), believed this understated the impact of the attack and called it a terrorist act instead.  Read more »

Guest Post: A Case for Looking Instead of Leaping on a Model for the IANA Transition

by Guest Blogger Monday, February 9, 2015
ICANN CFR Net Politics Cyber A participant asks a question to a panel at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles, California on October 16, 2014. The next ICANN meeting takes place this week in Singapore. (Flickr user icannphotos/Creative Commons)

Byron Holland is the CEO of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority, which manages the .ca domain, as well as the chair of ICANN’s country code name supporting organization.

This week, the leading minds in the Internet governance world are in Singapore for the fifty-second meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Generally speaking, ICANN meetings aren’t events marked by high drama or intense conflict, but this gathering may be different. Read more »

Cyber Week in Review: February 6, 2015

by Adam Segal Friday, February 6, 2015
Anthem Cyber CFR Adam Segal Net Politics The office building of health insurer Anthem in Los Angeles, California on February 5, 2015. Anthem is the victim of a cyber incident that compromised the personal information of millions of its customers. (Gus Ruelas/Courtesy Reuters).

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Read more »