Two controversial U.S. anti-piracy bills have spotlighted the growing challenge of how to protect intellectual copyrights, particularly across international borders, without compromising Internet freedom.
Expectations are high that the next U.S. president will take stronger steps on climate change.
As debate over changes to an expanded domestic-spying program rages in Congress, the future of foreign intelligence gathering is in question.
Looking to broaden its reach and control its message, the U.S. federal government is increasingly turning to the blogosphere.
Several high-profile cases show bloggers’ new political influence, but repressive regimes are fighting back.
U.S. patent law is widely considered obsolete, but the stakes involved in reform could complicate efforts to overhaul the system.
China’s anti-satellite test set off fears of a space arms race, but American plans for space weaponization predate the test.
The successful test of a Chinese anti-satellite weapon brought cries of foul from Washington and others.
The Bush administration’s new National Space Policy goes far beyond previous policies in asserting America’s right to put what it wants into orbit, and to deny that right to others.
Two missile-driven crises on opposite ends of the planet point up several realities about anti-missile technology: first, that nothing in current arsenals can counter them, and second, that the small, cheap artillery rockets fired by Hezbollah pose a far more difficult challenge today than complex ICBMs.
A congressional panel is highlighting what one member called "abhorrent actions" in China on the part of U.S. software makers, whose Internet search engines in that market are used by Beijing to censor speech and track dissent. Should software companies be expected to enforce democratic notions of free expression or to forego the world's fastest-growing market?
Orbit space debris threatens U.S. space assets and assured access to the domain. Micah Zenko argues that the United States has a unique obligation to prevent or mitigate the consequences of dangerous space incidents, which are the primary cause of space debris, because it relies heavily on space and has unmatched space situational awareness.
Earlier this month, Taiwanese Internet advocacy groups succeeded in shutting down an anti-piracy bill similar to the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Opposition to recent legislation shows that interest in internet and press freedoms remains strong.
Michael A. Levi writes that "climate change needs to be confronted," but that an overemphasis on clean technology could lead to new conflicts.
Thomas Bollyky assesses President Obama's record in promoting international science in the latest issue of Science. The president has made strides in integrating science into U.S. diplomacy and international development activities, but only modest progress on facilitating the day-to-day scientific exchanges that account for most international research.
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon says Afghanistan's aspiring tech moguls, impossibly optimistic and totally obsessed, believe that computing will not only help make them money but also secure peace in their land.
Adam Segal discusses the Cybersecurity Act, China, and technology innovation in an interview with Evan Osnos.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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