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TikTok's logo is seen through broken glass. Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The Great Firewall of Montana: How Could Montana Implement A TikTok Ban?

Montana banned TikTok a month ago. Enforcing this ban would require the creation of a surveillance regime that would be far more detrimental to privacy and civil liberties than TikTok could ever be. Read More

The Cyber Safety Review Board Should Investigate Major Historical Incidents
The U.S. Cybersecurity Review Board was established to provide a definitive history of major cyber incidents. Today it has fallen away from that mission, but there are three incidents to investigate which can get it back on track.
Technology and Innovation
Artificial Intelligence Enters the Political Arena
Politics is one of the latest industries shaken up by AI, the use of artificially generated content in campaigns could spell trouble for candidates and voters alike in the fight against mis- and disinformation.    
Cyber Week in Review: April 14, 2023
Agencies release secure software guidance; U.S. weighs action against Kaspersky; Alibaba launches AI chat model; Russian hacktivists breached Canadian gas pipeline; Commerce Department calls for comment on new AI rules.
  • Cybersecurity
    Why the EU Should Stop Talking About Digital Sovereignty
    Digital sovereignty has become a popular slogan in the European Union. However, this approach creates several weaknesses for the EU, and should lead the group to adopt a new mantra.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: April 7, 2023
    United Kingdom publishes offensive cyber operation strategy; Chinese regulators investigate Micron; Genesis Market seized; U.S. agency bought NSO spying tool; China plans new undersea cable venture. 
  • Cybersecurity
    Ukrainian Cyber War Confirms the Lesson: Cyber Power Requires Soft Power
    Since the Russian invasion in February 2022, Ukraine has benefitted from a strong flow of technical assistance. That assistance was made possible by Ukraine’s reserves of soft power.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 31, 2023
    Biden signs order on spyware; China launches new AI initiative; Twitter source code leaks; Documents detail Russian cyber capabilities; Supply chain attack hits enterprise phone provider.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 24, 2023
    TikTok CEO testifies before the House; Google releases AI chatbot; U.S. authorities shut down cybercrime forum; U.S. unveils new semiconductor rules; Google suspends Chinese app.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Dangers of a New Russian Proposal for a UN Convention on International Information Security
    Russia recently issued a new draft for a UN international convention on cybersecurity. An alternative proposal offers a freer vision of internet governance, and would provide a more action-oriented process on negotiations.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 17, 2023
    TikTok explores separating from ByteDance; OpenAI releases GPT-4; SEC proposes tighter rules on financial system cybersecurity; CISA establishes ransomware warning system; Samsung announces $228 billion hub in South Korea.