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

New Cyber Brief: Improving Supply-Chain Policy for U.S. Government Procurement of Technology

by Adam Segal Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Classified Information Sharing Net Politics Cyber CFR U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jerome Duhan, a network administrator with the 97th Communications Squadron, inserts a hard drive into the network control center retina server at Altus Air Force Base, Okla. in 2014. (Senior Airman Franklin R. Ramos, U.S. Air Force).

The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program has launched its fourth Cyber Brief. This one is authored by Danielle Kriz, cybersecurity fellow at New America and formerly the director for global cybersecurity policy at the Information Technology Industry Council. Read more »

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act: A Bill Looking for a Problem to Solve

by Robert Knake Monday, October 26, 2015
Congress Cyber CISA information sharing Net Politics CFR A tourist gazes up towards the dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 25, 2010. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters).

It was a brilliant political maneuver. In the spring of 2011, the Obama Administration put out an ambitious legislative proposal on cybersecurity. Among other initiatives, it called for granting the Department of Homeland Security the authority to regulate cybersecurity for critical infrastructure providers. The Chamber of Commerce made it its mission to kill the bill. They used a simple argument: government doesn’t need to regulate; it needs to make it possible for companies to share information with each other.

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Campaign 2016: Jeb Bush on Cybersecurity

by Adam Segal Thursday, October 22, 2015
jeb bush cybersecurity platform campaign 2016 president Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, addresses an economic summit hosted by Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Orlando, Florida, June 2, 2015. (Steve Nesius/Reuters).

This blog was coauthored with my research associate, Lincoln Davidson.

Last month, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced his cybersecurity platform. You can read his proposals here; essential points are summarized and analyzed below. While Bush’s stance on issues like net neutrality, encryption, and NSA surveillance has made him the target of a lot of hyperbolic criticism, he is the first of the 2016 presidential candidates to announce a specific cybersecurity platform. As other candidates release their stance on the issue, we’ll keep you up-to-date on what they’re saying, whether it’s viable, and its likely impact on U.S. foreign policy.

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A New Interactive on Global Internet Policy and Governance Challenges

by Adam Segal Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Internet Governance Global Governance Monitor Cyber Policy Net Politics CFR A schoolgirl studies on a computer in Los Angeles, California, on February 9, 2011 (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters).

It’s almost cliché to say that the Internet’s transformative power has created challenges for governments on a host of policy issues. Countries disagree over privacy, espionage, cybersecurity, appropriate state behavior in cyberspace, trade, and freedom of expression. Devising solutions to these challenges is complicated by the Internet’s complex and nontraditional governance structure. While this has enabled the Internet to grow with incredible speed, it is struggling to cope as the next billion people come online.

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The African Internet Governance Forum: Continued Discomfort with Multistakeholderism

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, October 20, 2015
African Union IGF Cyber Net Politics A general view shows the closing ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa January 31, 2014. (Tiksa Negeri/Reuters).

Mailyn Fidler is a Marshall Scholar studying international relations at the University of Oxford. You can follow her on Twitter @mailynfidler.

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