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The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Where Thucydides Meets Cyberspace

by Guest Blogger Monday, January 30, 2017
Thucydides, the grandfather of the security dilemma. (Flickr user Chris JL)

Ben Buchanan is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Cybersecurity Project. His first book, The Cybersecurity Dilemma, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. You can follow him @BuchananBen.

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New Report: Rebuilding Trust Between Silicon Valley and Washington

by Adam Segal Wednesday, January 25, 2017
A man takes a picture of the U.S. Capitol in 2013. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

It would be an understatement to say that the United States faces cybersecurity risks that threaten its economic, political and strategic interests. Despite the Obama administration’s best efforts (and there were many), the United States still faces considerable cyber policy challenges. Data localization policies test the business models of U.S. tech companies and limit the free flow of data necessary to the growth of digital trade. State-sponsored actors continue to target U.S. companies to pilfer proprietary data or trade secrets and the U.S. government for intelligence purposes. The issue of encryption continues to divide the U.S. tech community and law enforcement, a debate that has ripple effects worldwide.

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The Continued Importance of the U.S.-China Cyber Dialogue

by Adam Segal Monday, January 23, 2017
Participants run past the Tiananmen gate, with a portrait of China's late leader Mao Zedong hanging on it, during the Beijing International Marathon in Beijing, China, September 20, 2015. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)

During the second week of January, I was in Beijing for the tenth round of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and China Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) Cybersecurity Dialogue. Government officials, think tank analysts, and academics participate in the meeting, and previous discussions have covered issues such as norms, state responsibilities in cyberspace, and crisis escalation and communication. The meetings have also included scenarios (which have in the past been inaccurately reported as “war games“) that allow the two sides to talk through how they might respond to certain types of cyberattacks and what they would expect from other nation-states in terms of cooperation and communication.

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Cyber Week in Review: January 6, 2017

by Adam Segal Friday, January 6, 2017
U.S. Defence Under secretary for Intelligence Marcel Lettre (L), Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and National Security Agency Director U.S. Navy Admiral Michael Rogers testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on foreign cyber threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. January 5, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters).

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

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