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U.S. President Donald Trump puts his hand on a drone aircraft used to patrol the border at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Yuma, Arizona, U.S., August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Guns, Tech, and Steel: The Wall Debate and Digital Technologies in Border Security

Once upon a time, policy discussions in Washington, D.C. reflected an understanding that achieving border security required more potent combinations of border agents, advanced technologies, and physical barriers. The demand of President Donald J. Read More

January 10, 2019

Central Africa
In Africa, A New Tactic to Suppress Online Speech: Taxing Social Media

After protesters used social media apps to topple dictators during the Arab Spring, governments in Africa are adopting a new tactic to curtail their influence: taxing social media usage.

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January 8, 2019

Privacy
Year in Review: The Year of Data Protection

2018 was the year that a handful of countries got serious about protecting users' data. 

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January 4, 2019

Cybersecurity
Week in Review: January 4, 2019

This week: Germany's political establishment is hit by data leak; Iran bans Instagram; internet shutdown in the DRC; the U.S. Congress opens federal data sets to AI companies. 

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