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China's President Xi Jinping is shown on a screen through digitally decorated glass during the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song

China's Internet Trolls Go Global

Chinese trolls are beginning to pose serious threats to economic security, political stability, and personal safety worldwide. Read More

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.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: May 14, 2021
    Cyberattack leads to shutdown of U.S. pipeline; Coalition to push for increased semiconductor funding is formed; President Biden signs executive order to improve U.S. cybersecurity; and Pentagon removes Xiaomi from blacklist.
  • Digital Policy
    How the Dictator’s Digital Dilemma Constrains Leaders’ Choices
    An excerpt from Steven Feldstein's new book: The Rise of Digital Repression: How Technology Is Reshaping Power, Politics, and Resistance.
  • Cybersecurity
    The TSA Should Regulate Pipeline Cybersecurity
    It is time for the federal government to exercise its existing authority to regulate the cybersecurity of pipelines.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Underbelly of Ransomware Attacks: Local Governments
    Local governments are under siege by ransomware. A new set of recommendations released by the Institute for Security + Technology’s Ransomware Task Force seeks to address the problem.