Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed: Read more »
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?
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Net Politics analyzes the growing importance and complexity of Internet governance, digital trade, privacy, and cybersecurity.
In The Hacked World Order, CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal shows how governments use the web to wage war and spy on, coerce, and damage each other. More
Red Team provides an in-depth investigation into the work of red teams, revealing the best practices, most common pitfalls, and most effective applications of these modern-day devil's advocates. More
Through insightful analysis and engaging graphics, How America Stacks Up explores how the United States can keep pace with global economic competition. More
India now matters to U.S. interests in virtually every dimension. This Independent Task Force report assesses the current situation in India and the U.S.-India relationship, and suggests a new model for partnership with a rising India.
Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster than in wealthier countries. The report outlines a plan for collective action on this growing epidemic.
This report asserts that elevating and prioritizing the U.S.-Canada-Mexico relationship offers the best opportunity for strengthening the United States and its place in the world.
Williams argues that the status quo for peace operations in untenable and that greater U.S. involvement is necessary to enhance the quality and success of peacekeeping missions.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.