The use of social media and other Internet-enabled communications by the self-proclaimed Islamic State is pushing the United States and other democracies to react to the abuse of liberal freedoms by illiberal forces. CFR Visiting Fellow David P. Fidler outlines ways to counter the Islamic State's online onslaught through policies anchored in free speech, transparency, and accountability.
U.S. efforts to promote its preferred norms for cyberspace—Internet openness, security, and free speech—suffered a significant setback in the summer of 2013 with the Snowden disclosures. Henry Farrell identifies three steps the United States can take to reinvigorate its norm-promotion efforts.
China's new draft cybersecurity regulations have spooked U.S. technology companies, which fear that they will be forced to hand over sensitive intellectual property and the source code for their equipment to Chinese authorities. CFR's Adam Segal assesses the new measures against previous Chinese attempts at regulating foreign hardware and software.
The free flow of information across borders is essential for the modern economy, but a growing number of countries have erected...
The Digital and Cyberspace Policy Program addresses one of the most challenging issues facing the country in the 21st century: how to keep the global Internet open, secure, and resilient in the face of unprecedented threats. Digital technologies have become ubiquitous. More than six billion people use a cell phone, and five billion will be on the Internet by 2020. These trends have generated immense wealth and expanded political participation, but they have also created new vulnerabilities for nations, corporations, and individuals.