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Cyber Week in Review: September 30, 2016

by Adam Segal Friday, September 30, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks as Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens during their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, U.S., September 26, 2016. (Rick Wilking/Reuters).

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

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The U.S.-China Cyber Espionage Deal One Year Later

by Adam Segal Wednesday, September 28, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Adam Segal U.S. President Barack Obama (L) speaks as Chinese President Xi Jinping looks on during a welcoming ceremony for the Chinese leader at the White House for an official State Visit in Washington September 25, 2015. (Gary Cameron/Reuters).

A year ago, presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping stood next to each other and declared that neither the U.S. nor Chinese governments “will conduct or knowingly support cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information for commercial advantage.” Despite a great deal of warranted skepticism about the agreement initially, much of the heat surrounding cybersecurity in the bilateral relationship has dissipated. It is Russia, and the alleged hacks of the Democratic National Committee and World Anti Doping Agency, that now dominates the headlines and drives much of U.S. cybersecurity policy discussion.

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The Problem With the United Nations Setting Tech Standards for Your Internet Devices

by Guest Blogger Thursday, September 22, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics WTSA Tunisia Hammamet, Tunisia, the location of the next meeting of the World Telecommunication Standards Assembly. (grolli77/Flickr).

Dominique Lazanski lives and works in London. She has over 16 years of experience working in the Internet industry. She is writing in a personal capacity and her views do not necessarily reflect those of her employer. 

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Lessons From the Cold War to Combat Modern Russian Disinformation Campaigns

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, September 20, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Active Measures Lubyanka Square (Dzerzhinsky Square in 1926 through 1990), home of the former KGB in 1991. (Vladimir Fedorenko/RIA Novosti Archive)

Editor’s Note: The blog post Lessons from the Cold War to Combat Modern Russia Disinformation Campaigns by Robert Caruso has been taken down. Since publication, information has come to light that has put the author’s credentials in question.