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Israel’s New Counter-Terrorism Law and Terrorism in Cyberspace

by David Fidler Monday, August 22, 2016
The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, meets on July 11, 2016. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, meets on July 11, 2016. (Ronen Zvulun/Reuters)

The Israeli parliament adopted a new counter-terrorism law on June 15, 2016. According to the Ministry of Justice’s summary, the legislation will provide “law enforcement authorities with more effective tools to combat modern terrorist threats while incorporating additional checks and balances necessary to safeguard against unreasonable violations of individual human rights.” The legislation revises and expands Israeli law in many areas, as Elena Chacko discusses at Lawfare. The changes include provisions addressing use of the internet and social media for terrorist purposes. With terrorist activities online under scrutiny, the new Israeli law is important to efforts underway to reduce the threat of terrorism in cyberspace.

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A Common Insurance Fund to Improve the U.S.-China Cyber Relationship

by Guest Blogger Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Xi Obama Net Politics Cyber CFR China's President Xi Jinping (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama arrive for a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington September 25, 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters).

Fred Tsai is a senior director of strategy at in San Francisco. Previously, he served as Dell Inc.’s director of China strategy.  His comments represent his personal views and not those of

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The UK Investigatory Powers Bill: Adding Much Needed Transparency

by Guest Blogger Monday, August 15, 2016
Britain's Prime Minister, Theresa May, addresses the House of Commons during her first Prime Minister's Questions in London, Britain July 20, 2016. (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor via Reuters).

James Pooler is a political science student at New York University and an intern for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Digital and Cyberspace Policy program

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Is Hacking Hillary Clinton Russian Payback for the “Freedom to Connect”?

by David Fidler Wednesday, August 3, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Russia DNC Hack A protester in Moscow in 2011. (Sime Simon).

Allegations the Russian government hacked the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), and the Hillary Clinton campaign have generated intense attention, especially concerning the implications of possible Russian efforts to use the fruits of cyber espionage to influence the U.S. election. Although Russia rejects the allegations, these hacks might constitute payback for Clinton and Democrats, who championed direct U.S. cyber support for opponents of authoritarian regimes during the Obama administration. China and Russia have long complained the United States manipulates cyberspace to interfere in their domestic political affairs, and, under this perspective, airing the DNC’s digital dirty laundry through Wikileaks courtesy of Russian intelligence perhaps means turnabout is fair play.

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