Geopolitics & National Security

April 18, 2017
A Primer on North Korean Targeted Digital Attacks
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As tensions rise between North Korea and the United States, Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly, proclaimed North Korea currently is a more probable cyber threat than a kinetic threat. Given North Korea’s inclination to use digital weapons over the past few years, this is not a controversial statement, but it should not be assumed that this is a matter simply contained to the governments.

February 15, 2017
The RSA Keynote & A Call for Digital Norms
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Yesterday’s RSA keynote by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, has the industry finally buzzing about the creation of global digital norms. In his accompanying blogpost, “The Need for a Digital Geneva Convention”, Mr. Smith moves beyond simply reiterating the stats behind the breadth and depth of digital attacks. He provides concrete recommendations for pursuing law and order to the digital domain.

February 03, 2017
Cybersecurity Interrupted
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We brought together a great group of experts with backgrounds in academia, government, and industry to discuss some of the most important foreign and domestic cybersecurity policy issues.

December 29, 2016
Today's Statement on Russian Hacking in Context
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On October 7, 1996, the Pentagon publicly attributed – without repercussions – a vast digital data breach and espionage to the Russians, later dubbed Moonlight Maze.  Fast forward twenty years to the date, and President Obama publicly attributed the DNC digital attacks to Russia.

December 15, 2016
The Global Trend Toward Cyber Sovereignty
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2016 may well be the year of cyber sovereignty, with increased censorship and a decline in internet freedoms. China and Russia each pushed forth new domestic controls, with many others following in their steps. This threatens the global pursuit of internet freedoms, and may be indicative of a larger inflection point toward the Balkanization of the internet.

May 18, 2016
Digital Sovereignty: Multi-Stakeholder vs. Beggar-Thy-Neighbor Digital Futures
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What do Yeti, ICANN, and BRICs have in common? They are emblematic of the growing international jockeying for power to shape the global digital order.