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On Cybersecurity, Trump Must Let the Private Sector Lead

by Robert Knake Wednesday, November 30, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, October 4, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

In a video message posted last week, President-Elect Donald J. Trump said that he would ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Defense to develop a plan to protect critical infrastructure like the power grid from cyberattacks.

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Live Now: Privacy and Data in the Age of Surveillance

by Adam Segal Wednesday, November 16, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics Privacy A man stands in a phone box in front of graffiti art on a wall near the headquarters of Britain's eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, in Cheltenham, western England April 16, 2014. (Eddie Keogh/Reuters).

The Council on Foreign Relations is holding a half-day, multi-session symposium to bring together leading policymakers and experts for candid analysis of online privacy, with a particular focus on the United States, the U.S.-European Union relationship, and big data.

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What a Trump Administration Means for U.S. Digital Trade Policy

by David Fidler Tuesday, November 15, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics An employee of a foreign exchange trading company works near monitors showing U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaking on TV news (top) in Tokyo, Japan, November 9, 2016. (Toru Hanai/Reuters).

With Donald Trump’s victory, the prospects for digital trade have dimmed. This development owes much to the hostility towards trade that Trump brings to the presidency. But it also involves shifts more fundamental than Trump’s rejection of trade agreements. The rise of digital commerce is rooted in the stability provided by international trade agreements, the global reach of the internet, and the innovations associated with digital technologies. U.S. leadership and global engagement underpinned each of these sources of digital trade’s growth. Now, Trump’s election combines with other forces afoot around the world to threaten the future of digital trade.

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Democracy and Digital Technology After the 2016 Election

by David Fidler Thursday, November 10, 2016
CFR Cyber Net Politics U.S. President-elect Donald Trump greets supporters during his election night rally in Manhattan, New York, U.S., November 9, 2016. (Mike Segar/Reuters).

Efforts to understand the causes and consequences of Donald J. Trump’s victory are underway, and this election illuminates features about the relationship between democratic politics and digital technologies that require attention. In this campaign, the template of digital progressive politics pioneered by the 2008 and 2012 campaigns of Barack Obama failed Hillary Clinton. In its place, Trump produced a digital populism that repudiated the Obama template. The 2016 campaign also revealed problems with cybersecurity that undermine notions the United States made progress in this domestic and foreign policy realm over the past eight years.

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