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Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft (Part Two)

by Adam Segal Thursday, August 27, 2015
Microsoft Cyber Net Politics CFR A Microsoft sign is pictured at its Finnish headquarters in Finland in 2015. (Mikko Stig/Reuters).

This is the second part of my Q&A with Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel Brad Smith over the company’s legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice over e-mails stored in Ireland. The case raises important questions with respect to the privacy of digital communications and the future of cloud computing.

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Do Local Laws Belong In a Global Cloud? Q&A with Brad Smith of Microsoft (Part One)

by Adam Segal Wednesday, August 26, 2015
CFR Cyber Net Politics Microsoft Data Center A Microsoft data center. (Robert Scoble)

In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) served Microsoft with a warrant requiring the company to hand over the e-mails of a Microsoft customer suspected of drug trafficking. Microsoft refused to turn over the e-mails on the basis that they are stored in servers at a data center in Ireland and that the warrant did not apply to overseas data. Instead, Microsoft argued the DOJ should work with Irish authorities to obtain access to the data. In July 2014, a U.S. district court ordered Microsoft to turn over the e-mails, but Microsoft appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which will hear arguments on September 9.

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New Cyber Brief: Developing a Proportionate Response to a Cyber Incident

by Adam Segal Monday, August 24, 2015
Situation Room CFR Cyber Net Politics Proportionality Proportionate The seal of the president of the United States is seen on the wall of one of the rooms of White House Situation Room in 2007. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters).

The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program has launched its third Cyber Brief. This one is authored by Tobias Feakin, director of the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

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The Next Level For Russia-China Cyberspace Cooperation?

by Guest Blogger Thursday, August 20, 2015
Xi Jinping Vladimir Putin CFR Cyber Net Politics Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and China's President Xi Jinping attend a documents signing ceremony during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia May 8, 2015. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

Elaine Korzak, PhD is a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and an Affiliate at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University.

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Germany’s Cybersecurity Law: Mostly Harmless, But Heavily Contested

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Thomas de Mazière CFR Cyber Net Politics German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere addresses a news conference in 2011. This summer, Germany adopted a new cybersecurity law drafted by the Interior Ministry. (Thomas Peter/Reuters).

Dr. Sandro Gaycken is a senior researcher at the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, a former hacktivist, and a strategic advisor to NATO, some German DAX-companies and the German government on cyber matters.

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Cyber Week in Review: August 14, 2015

by Adam Segal Friday, August 14, 2015
CFR Net Politics Cyber U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi talk at the 5th East Asia Summit at the 48th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 6, 2015. (Olivia Harris/Reuters).

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

Why (Almost) Everything You Hear About the Digital Economy Is Wrong

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Volvo CFR Net Politics Cyber Digital Economy An Indian mechanic works at the Volvo truck division in India in 2006. Volvo's trucks will notify owners when parts need servicing before they fail. (Stringer/Reuters).

Nick Ashton-Hart was the senior permanent representative of the Internet sector to the UN and its agencies and member-states in Geneva until 2015 and remains active in international Internet policy. Connect with him on LinkedIn or Twitter @nashtonhart.

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