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

by Guest Blogger
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 Year in Review: Major Setbacks for Digital Trade in 2016

by David Fidler
TPP e-commerce chapter Net Politics Cyber CFR A worker gathers items for delivery from the warehouse floor at Amazon's distribution center in Phoenix, Arizona November 22, 2013. (Ralph D. Freso /Reuters)

What a difference one year makes. When 2015 ended, prospects for digital trade looked good. In bilateral, regional, and multilateral contexts, initiatives were advancing that were, in part, designed to increase opportunities for digital commerce and strengthen rules for it. The European Union launched its Digital Single Market strategy and was negotiating the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with the United States. In addition to TTIP, the United States concluded the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with eleven countries, and was negotiating the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) with over twenty nations and the European Union.

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The UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Revisits Terrorism in Cyberspace

by David Fidler
Twitter hashtag for UN Counter-Terrorism Committee meetings on ICT terrorism, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2016 (D Fidler)

Last week, the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee held meetings on preventing the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for terrorist purposes. These meetings, like similar ones in December 2015, focused on the self-declared Islamic State’s use of the internet and social media and highlighted increased activities during 2016 against ICT terrorism by international organizations, governments, civil society, and tech companies. However, problems exposed in 2015 appeared again in these meetings, raising questions about what impact the increased actions have had.

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Live Now: Privacy and Data in the Age of Surveillance

by Adam Segal
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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Why Democrats and Republicans Should Oppose Data Localization

by Guest Blogger
CFR Cyber Net Politics Data Localization RNC DNC Campaign 2016 A journalist records a video on floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. (Mark Kauzlarich/Reuters).

Anupam Chander is Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Professor and Director of the California International Law Center at UC Davis School of Law. He is the recipient of a Google Research Award supporting related research.

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The Implications of Brexit on UK Cyber Policy

by David Fidler
CFR Cyber net politics brexit A British flag lies on the street in London after Britain voted to leave the European Union. (Reinhard Krause/REUTERS).

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has prompted pundits and politicians to speculate on what the result means for the country, Europe, and the world. To paraphrase Churchill, never before have so few created such doubt for so many. These speculations touch on the practical politics and philosophical implications of the United Kingdom’s disengagement from the European Union. The Brexit process will affect practical and philosophical aspects of cyberspace politics as well.

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Cybersecurity in the Health Sector: Mounting Problems, Uncertain Politics

by David Fidler
A doctor observes a screen showing a graphical representation of the heart of a woman undergoing a whole-body scan. (Desmond Boylan/Reuters) A doctor observes a screen showing a graphical representation of the heart of a woman undergoing a whole-body scan. (Desmond Boylan/Reuters)

Recent ransomware attacks on hospitals elevated awareness of cyber threats health care providers face. The attacks forced hospitals to engage in technological regression by relying on hard-copy records and revealed aspects of the health sector that make cybersecurity difficult. These episodes also highlighted ways in which the health sector reflects problems experienced across the U.S. cybersecurity ecosystem. Improving health-sector cybersecurity requires addressing unique sector features and integrating the sector into efforts to strengthen U.S. cybersecurity generally. However, concerns about health-sector cybersecurity have intensified just as the politics of U.S. cybersecurity face uncertainty.

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The TTIP Leaks and the Future of Electronic Commerce in International Trade Law

by David Fidler
CFR Net Politics Cyber TTIP A member of the environmental campaign group Greenpeace holds a copy of the leaked TTIP negotiations during a news conference outlining its analysis of TTIP negotiations in Berlin, Germany, May 2, 2016. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters).

Greenpeace’s disclosure of negotiating documents concerning the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement between the United States and the European Union (EU) has renewed controversies about TTIP specifically and trade agreements generally. Although the released documents do not cover all issues under negotiation or include the negotiating text on electronic commerce, the leaks highlight factors that spell trouble for the goal of modernizing international trade law for the digital age.

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