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The Link Between Internet Access and Economic Growth Is Not as Strong as You Think

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Internet.Org CFR Net Politics Cyber Zero Rating Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, addresses a gathering during the Internet.org Summit in New Delhi October 9, 2014. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters).

Cyber Week in Review: February 24, 2017

by Adam Segal Friday, February 24, 2017
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes during a rehearsal for the Victory Day parade, marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, in Red Square in central Moscow, Russia, May 7, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

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

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New Cyber Brief: Maintaining U.S. Leadership on Internet Governance

by Adam Segal Wednesday, February 22, 2017
A shopkeeper displays an unlocked Apple iPhone 3G at a mobile phone shop in northern Tehran on November 1, 2008. (Reuters/Morteza Nikoubazl)

The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program has launched a new Cyber Brief. This one is authored by Megan Stifel, founder of Silicon Harbor Consultants and former director for international cyber policy at the National Security Council.

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Does Free Wi-Fi Improve Internet Accessibility in South Africa?

by Guest Blogger Tuesday, February 21, 2017
A worker is seen atop of a mobile phone tower in Zurich, Switzerland September 1, 2016. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

Chenai Chair and Broc Rademan are researchers at Research ICT Africa, a public-interest research organization that examines information and communication technology policy in Africa. You can find them @RIAnetwork.

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What’s Next for ICANN in the Absence of U.S. Oversight? An Interview With Kal Raustiala

by Adam Segal Thursday, February 16, 2017
Steve Crocker, Chair of the ICANN Board, at ICANN's 53rd meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. (ICANN Photos)

The United States relinquished its stewardship role over the internet last year, to the celebration of some and the consternation of others. Kal Raustiala, author of “An Internet Whole and Free” in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs, answers my questions on the future of the multistakeholder model and the role of the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). 

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The Trump Administration Plays Right into Russia’s Information Warfare Strategy

by David Fidler Monday, February 13, 2017
Painted Matryoshka dolls, or Russian nesting dolls, bearing the faces of U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are displayed for sale at a souvenir shop in central Moscow, Russia November 7, 2016. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters).

In discussing what President Trump might do in cybersecurity, an acquaintance sent me a hyperlink to a story supporting his perspective. The link contained an article from RT, formerly known as Russia Today–a tool of the Russian government. The link appeared during our robust sharing of ideas, not as a warning about Russian propaganda. But, there, in my email inbox was a manifestation of Russian information warfare.

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President Trump’s Unlikely Effect on the U.S.-EU Tech Relationship

by Guest Blogger Thursday, February 9, 2017
Protesters rally near the Eiffel Tower to demonstrate against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration order in Paris, France, February 4, 2017. (Mal Langsdon/Reuters).

Marietje Schaake is a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands. You can follow her @MarietjeSchaake

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