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Christina Ayiotis Should Get a Blue Check Mark. So Should Everyone Else

Widespread identity verification on social media platforms would make it harder for malicious actors to impersonate real people. Read More

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 26, 2021
Chinese spyware traced back to stolen National Security Agency exploit; Congress holds first public hearing on SolarWinds; Russian hackers target Ukrainian government document circulation system; Biden executive order attempts to address chip shortage and strengthen supply chains; and Facebook restores news access in Australia.
Digital Policy
Canada Has Denounced Clearview AI; It’s Time for the United States to Follow Suit
The United States, with its history of police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism, should take similar if not more drastic measures.
Digital Policy
The Putin Regime Will Never Tire of Imposing Internet Control: Developments in Digital Legislation in Russia
Moscow's recently introduced bills are the latest in a long history of efforts to bring the internet more tightly under its control.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: February 19, 2021
    New activity from and against North Korean hackers; Russian hackers target French IT monitoring company; Cambodia adopts China-style internet firewall; Facebook blocks Australian news outlets; and Most of London’s boroughs using Chinese surveillance tech linked to Xinjiang.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: February 12, 2021
    Hacktivists deface Sri Lankan web domains, highlight social issues; Hacker attempts to poison water supply in Florida city; Clubhouse blocked in China; Forced sale of TikTok to Oracle and Walmart put on hold; and Federal election agency updates voting security guidelines.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Dysfunctional Vaccine Rollout Is Creating Even More Opportunities for Cybercriminals
    It is time for authorities to partner with platforms for safer, more efficient scheduling and ensure that every appointment goes to someone who will use it.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Right Response to SolarWinds
    A strongly worded message has been sent to Moscow, but a forcible response that changes minds is elusive.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: February 5, 2021
    SolarWinds software breached again in separate Chinese hack; Internet temporarily disabled in Myanmar after military coup; Ongoing protests around New Delhi result in internet and social media crackdown; Canadian government denounces Clearview AI; and Biden addresses election interference, SolarWinds intrusion in foreign policy speech.
  • Cybersecurity
    Time to End the Dual Hat?
    Following the SolarWinds breach, there have been renewed calls for the end of the dual-hat authority that governs the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.
  • Digital Policy
    Reinvigorating Internet Policy by Doubling Down on Human Rights
    A new approach to internet regulation and governance by the Biden administration should articulate a broad, coherent vision for an open internet anchored on core human rights and democratic values.