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Cyber Week in Review: May 27, 2016

by Adam Segal Friday, May 27, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics G7 Participants of the G7 summit meetings (from front in clockwise) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, French President Francois Hollande, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President Donald Tusk, Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama attend session 2 meeting at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Mie Prefecture, Japan May 26, 2016. (Pool/Reuters).

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

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Dropping the Cyber Bomb? Spectacular Claims and Unremarkable Effects

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Cyber CFR Net Politics A B52 dropping bombs over Vietnam. Cyber bombs and actual bombs are not the same thing. (U.S. Air Force).

Brandon Valeriano is a reader at Cardiff University and a fellow at the Niskanen Center, Heather Roff is a research scientist at the Global Security Initiative at Arizona State University, and Sean Lawson is an associate professor at the University of Utah.

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Ted Cruz Wants to Shrink Government, Except When It Comes to the Internet

by Robert Knake Wednesday, May 18, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Former U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks with the media before a campaign event. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters).

It is a strange world we are living in when a Democratic President wants to reduce government interference in the private sector and the GOP’s standard bearer for limited government is fighting to stop him. That is what is happening with the continued fight over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and its contract with the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA).

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Net Politics Podcast: Arati Prabhakar and John Launchbury

by Adam Segal Monday, May 16, 2016
The autonomous ship "Sea Hunter", developed by DARPA, is shown docked in Portland, Oregon after its christening ceremony, April 7, 2016. (Steve Dipaola/Reuters) The autonomous ship "Sea Hunter", developed by DARPA, is shown docked in Portland, Oregon after its christening ceremony, April 7, 2016. (Steve Dipaola/Reuters)

In this latest episode of the Net Politics podcast, I sit down with Arati Prabhakar, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and John Launchbury, Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA.

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The Cyber Act of War Act: A Proposal for a Problem the Law Can’t Fix

by David Fidler Thursday, May 12, 2016
CFR Net Politics Cyber President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war on Germany in 1917.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, Senator Mike Rounds argued the United States urgently needs “a clear and concise definition of when an attack in cyberspace constitutes an act of war.” To produce this definition, Rounds introduced the “Cyber Act of War Act” to remove “dangerous ambiguity” in U.S. policy and better prepare the United States “to respond to cyberattacks and better deter bad actors from attempting an attack on the U.S. in the first place.” Unfortunately for Rounds, his proposal would neither produce the definition he believes is critical nor advance policy from where it presently stands.

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