Net Politics

CFR experts investigate the impact of information and communication technologies on security, privacy, and international affairs.

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Reels of optical fiber cables are seen in a storage area in Perugia, Italy, June 23, 2017. Alessandro Bianchi

The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security

Even if overlooked, these metal tubes are essential to the global internet as we know it. Read More

Digital Policy
Ransomware’s Path to Product/Market Fit
The economics of cybersecurity have long benefited attackers, but ransomware has become so successful that if these criminal gangs running the attacks were viewed as startups, they would all be unicorns.
Statecraft and Strategy Under the Eroding Monopoly of Cyber Intelligence
The question of who “owns” cyber intelligence has profound implications for the geopolitical landscape. Grappling with this reality and its consequences is crucial.
Labor and Employment
The Robots are Coming, but We’ll Still Have a Global Digital Underclass
Dr. Mary Gray revealed the hidden realities of the overlooked and undervalued workers driving our economy through their labor—what Gray calls “ghost work.”
  • China
    China's Internet Trolls Go Global
    Chinese trolls are beginning to pose serious threats to economic security, political stability, and personal safety worldwide.
  • Myanmar
    Resistance Amid Digital Totalitarianism: The Case of Myanmar
    As the military junta continues to suppress internet access across the country, the people of Myanmar are discovering new techniques of digital resistance.
  • Global Governance
    The UN Security Council Tackles Emerging Technologies
    The UN Security Council’s first debate on emerging technologies exposed some familiar tensions even as it trod new ground for the UN body with primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.
  • Cybersecurity
    The EU’s Response to SolarWinds
    While EU’s issuance of the declaration of solidarity in response to the SolarWinds cyber campaign is a sign of progress, it fails to provide clarification on what, if any, further actions can be expected from Brussels.
  • China
    Evil Eye Gazes Beyond China’s Borders: Troubling Trends in Chinese Cyber Campaigns
    Incidents like the Evil Eye campaign show an empowered China increasingly willing to use cyber attacks and information operations in pursuit of its political goals.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Colonial Pipeline Incident Shows the Need for Broader Thinking about Cyber Resilience
    While there has been a great deal of recent debate about the respective roles of offense and defense in cybersecurity, the Colonial Pipeline episode highlights that a core policy challenge remains cultivating the resilience of U.S. critical infrastructure.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyberspace, Digital Technologies, and Reform of Global Health Governance
    A new report provides a window into high-level policy thinking about cyberspace, digital technologies, and the future of global health.