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Israel as a Cyber Super Power

by Adam Segal Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Cybertech 2016 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel January 26, 2016. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Cybertech 2016 conference in Tel Aviv, Israel January 26, 2016. (Baz Ratner/Reuters).

Cybertech 2016 convened this week in Tel Aviv, and I was in the audience for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plenary address, courtesy of the America-Israel Friendship League and the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Israel has an ambitious domestic and international agenda designed to make it one of the world’s super cyber powers.

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An Expansive, and Dangerous, Chinese View on Cyber Deterrence

by Adam Segal Monday, January 25, 2016
cfr cyber china deterrence net politics Children wearing uniforms stand in formation during a military parade game on China's National Day, at Beyou World, a centre where children can experience different kinds of professions, in Beijing last year. (Stringer/Reuters).

In most open source writings, Chinese analysts tend to discount the possibility of deterrence in cyberspace. Attribution, detection, and monitoring are hard. Attacks can come from state and non-state actors. Retaliatory cyber attacks have no certainty of outcome. All of these conditions combine to make it difficult to deter cyber attacks on national networks.

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China’s Strategic Support Force: The New Home of the PLA’s Cyber Operations?

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China stand in formation in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. China's military is undergoing a major reorganization. (cnsphoto/Reuters) Soldiers of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China stand in formation in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. China's military is undergoing a major reorganization. (cnsphoto/Reuters)

Lincoln Davidson is a research associate for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Wily World Leaders on the World Wide Web

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Cyber cfr net politics twitter turkey A person holds a phone displaying a Twitter error message in front of Turkish national flag in March 2014. That year, Turkey's courts blocked access to Twitter a little over a week before elections as then Prime Minister Erdogan battled a corruption scandal that saw social media awash with alleged evidence of government wrongdoing. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters)

Elena Goldstein is a senior at Columbia University and an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program.

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“Closing that Internet Up”: The Rise of Cyber Repression

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, January 13, 2016
net politics cyber internet trump CFR U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Lowell, Massachusetts January 4, 2016. (Brian Snyder/Reuters).

Brandon Valeriano is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, and author of Cyber War versus Cyber Realities on Oxford University Press. Allison Pytlak is a policy and advocacy specialist at Control Arms.

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Cybersecurity in the State of the Union (2016 Edition)

by Adam Segal Tuesday, January 12, 2016
State of the Union Net Politics Cyber CFR President Obama delivers his State of the Union before a joint session of Congress on January 28, 2014. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters).

President Barack Obama will be giving his annual state of the union address later tonight. While the president isn’t expected to announce any groundbreaking cyber or digital policy initiatives, cyber issues have featured prominently in past speeches.

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The Use of Cyber Power in the War Between Russia and Ukraine

by Guest Blogger Monday, January 11, 2016
Cyber Net Politics CFR Members of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic army collect parts of a destroyed Ukrainian army tank in the town of Vuhlehirsk, about 10 km to the west of Debaltseve on February 16, 2015. (Baz Ratner/Reuters).

Jarno Limnéll is a professor of cybersecurity at Finland’s Aalto University and vice president at Insta Group Plc. You can follow him on Twitter @JarnoLim.

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