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Hacking Defense and Diplomacy in Silicon Valley

by Guest Blogger
U.S. Navy SEALs jump from an CH-46E Sea Knight during training near Fort Pickett. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Meranda Keller/U.S. Navy)

Scott Hartley is a venture capitalist and term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His new book, The Fuzzy and the Techie (Houghton Mifflin), comes out in April. You can follow him @scottehartley

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

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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).

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

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

by Guest Blogger
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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China’s Big Data Push Runs Into Orwell and Red Tape

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Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma attends the opening ceremony of the third annual World Internet Conference in Wuzhen town of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China November 16, 2016. (Aly Song/Reuters)

Lorand Laskai is a research associate in Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow him @lorandlaskai

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The Cybersecurity Dilemma: Where Thucydides Meets Cyberspace

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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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