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

The OPM Hack: Weighing the Damage to U.S. Intelligence

by Robert Knake Friday, June 26, 2015
CIA Net Politics CFR OPM Hack China The lobby of the CIA Headquarters Building in McLean, Virginia, August 2008. (Larry Downing/Reuters).

I finally got my letter from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). What a relief. I was worried my credibility as a commentator would be damaged if my data wasn’t stolen. Imagine how Dan Rather would have felt had he not received Anthrax.

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Was There Progress on Cyber at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue?

by Adam Segal Thursday, June 25, 2015
Strategic and Economic Dialogue 2015 SED Cyber Net Politics CFR U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi participate in the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) at the State Department in Washington on June 23, 2015. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters).

The seventh round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) concluded yesterday, and unsurprisingly an agreement on cyberspace was not among the 127 listed outcomes of the meeting. There was, however, in public comments from both Chinese and U.S. officials a small glimmer of hope of greater cooperation, though the way forward is unclear.

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Net Politics Podcast: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

by Adam Segal Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse Net Politics Podcast CFR U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (R) talks to Ron Klain (L), Chief of Staff for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, outside of the senate Democrats' weekly policy lunch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on December 8, 2009. Also pictured is Sen. Al Franken (D-MN). (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters).

In this latest episode of the Net Politics podcast, I sit down with Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

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The African Union Cybersecurity Convention: A Missed Human Rights Opportunity

by Guest Blogger Monday, June 22, 2015
AU Summit 2015 Cyber crime security CFR Net Politics Leaders of the AU stand during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg June 14, 2015. (Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters).

Mailyn Fidler is a Marshall Scholar studying international relations at the University of Oxford. You can follow her on Twitter @mailynfidler. Fadzai Madzingira is a Rhodes Scholar from Zimbabwe studying law at the University of Oxford.

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In Fighting “Mutant Chicken,” is KFC Helping Build the Case For Censorship in China?

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, June 17, 2015
KFC China censorship ccp rumor online cyber internet People walk past a KFC store in downtown Shanghai. The fast food chain filed a lawsuit earlier this month against companies it says are spreading defamatory rumors online. (Carlos Barria/Reuters).

Lincoln Davidson is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow him on Twitter @dvdsndvdsn

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Placing the Office of Personnel Management Hack in Perspective

by Robert Knake Monday, June 15, 2015
OPM Hack China CFR Net Politics Cybersecurity The U.S. Office of Personnel Management building in Washington June 5, 2015. In the latest in a string of intrusions into U.S. agencies' high-tech systems, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of information ever on government workers. (Gary Cameron/Reuters).

Part of the reason I am a bit blasé about the Office of Personnel Management hack, is if the Chinese government is indeed behind it, it’s not by any stretch the most dastardly thing they have done in cyberspace. It’s just the most recent one that we know about. It’s getting a lot of press because personally identifiable information (PII) was compromised.

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