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Lincoln Davidson is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow him on Twitter @.
The number of Internet users in China has grown to 668 million, according to a report released last week by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), a state agency that administers China’s domain name registry and conducts research on the Chinese Internet. Below are the main points from the agency’s annual Internet development report. Full text of the report can be found here. Read more »
With Congress passing trade promotion authority, negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is entering its final stages. In the authorizing legislation, Congress recognized “the growing significance of the Internet as a trading platform in international commerce” and instructed President Obama to achieve objectives concerning digital trade in goods and services and cross-border data flows. The Obama administration wants “digital trade rules-of-the-road” in the TPP agreement. These rules could mark a turning point in the global governance of digital commerce.
In cybersecurity, protecting critical infrastructure has long been important. In the early days of this policy area, the Clinton administration identified the need to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. The Obama administration’s Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity highlights the importance of protecting critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Other governments exhibit similar concerns. Recently, Germany passed legislation mandating critical infrastructure operators improve their cybersecurity. Read more »
On June 16, the House of Representatives passed an Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which requires the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to produce a report on terrorist use of social media (Section 344). On July 7, the Senate Select Intelligence Committee approved an intelligence authorization bill that does not include the House bill’s mandate for a DNI report but does require social media companies to report terrorist activity to the federal government (Section 603). These proposals are new developments in the growing efforts to counter terrorist use of social media.
Arun Mohan Sukumar is a lawyer, journalist, and former senior fellow at the Centre for Communication Governance at National Law University Delhi. You can follow him on Twitter @arunmsukumar.
The declaration inked by BRICS leaders last week in Ufa, Russia, as it relates to Internet governance, strikes a dissonant chord with India’s recent overture towards the multistakeholder approach. What explains India’s apparent back and forth? And is there a new opening for U.S.-India cooperation in cyberspace? 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.