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CFR experts investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on security, privacy, and international affairs.

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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) attends the virtual 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA). Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via REUTERS

Global Health Security Turns to Confront Cyber Threats

On May 19, the World Health Assembly adopted a new resolution calling upon all member states to confront cyber threats to global health. Such a resolution is unprecedented in the history of the World Health Organization, and developing effective policies against cyber threats will be a daunting challenge for the global health community.  Read More

China Standards 2035 and the Plan for World Domination—Don’t Believe China’s Hype
Although U.S. officials have grown increasingly concerned about China's participation in technical standards bodies and its forthcoming plan, China Standards 2035, it is important to distinguish posturing and proclamations from real risks.
New Cyber Brief: Banning Covert Foreign Election Interference
The United States is one of the countries that is most susceptible to foreign election interference. To safeguard the U.S. elections in November, Robert K. Knake argues that the United States and other democracies should agree to not interfere in foreign elections.
Cyber Week in Review: May 29, 2020
Twitter checks Trump on mail-in voting tweets; Trump signs executive order limiting protections for online platforms; Amnesty International discovers vulnerability in Qatar’s contact tracing app; U.S. government plans to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students with ties to PLA; and the NSA accuses Russian hackers of targeting email servers around the world.
  • Germany
    Could the German International Arrest Warrant Against a GRU Hacker Prompt European Sanctions?
    Germany's federal prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for suspected GRU hacker Dmitriy Sergeyevich Badin. This hints at the use of the European Union's Cyber Sanctions Regime to punish Russia for its cyber operations against EU member states.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: May 22, 2020
    The FBI unlocks iPhone of Pensacola shooter; German court extends right to privacy to foreign internet users; Trump to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty; Japanese Ministry of Defense investigates Mitsubishi breach; Hundreds of Israeli websites hacked.
  • Cybersecurity
    Using COVID-19 to Double Down on Cyber Norms
    The United States should use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to push for clearer guardrails to bound acceptable and unacceptable behavior in cyberspace.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: May 15, 2020
    U.S. government agencies accuse China of targeting COVID-19 research; TSMC to build chip factory in Arizona; Huawei struggles internationally without Google Apps; Cyberattack targets Iranian port; and U.S. Department of Justice charges scientists with wire fraud.
  • Cybersecurity
    Is Digital Always Better?
    Digital technology has been widely embraced, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. However, in some situations, it could actually make systems more prone to unpredictable accidents. Policymakers and business leaders need to weigh these risks to determine whether digital is always better.
  • Cybersecurity
    Could the Coronavirus Crisis Strengthen Due Diligence in Cyberspace?
    The European Union recently called upon countries to exercise due diligence with regard to cyberattacks targeting health organizations. Could the coronavirus crisis present an unanticipated opportunity for increasing international agreement on how due diligence applies in cyberspace?
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: May 8, 2020
    New UK and French tracing apps conflict with guidelines set by Apple and Google; France to use cameras to monitor mask and social distancing compliance; Facebook announces members of oversight board; Germany issues warrant for arrest of alleged Russian hacker over Bundestag attack; and Major European hospital operator infected with ransomware.