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

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"End Sars" referring to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad police unit, reads on a demonstrator's clothes. REUTERS/Temilade Adelaja

Technology and Youth Represent Nigeria’s Path Out of the Woods

The voice of Nigeria’s youth was heard at the EndSars protests and through the emergence of Paystack and Flutterwave, which were a breath of fresh air in an otherwise foul news climate around the country. Read More

Cyber Week in Review: April 9, 2021
Data leak exposes 533 million Facebook users; Belgian authorities decrypt half a billion messages on Sky ECC, confiscate twenty-seven tons of cocaine; Automobile manufacturers call upon U.S. government amid chip shortage; Chinese supercomputing companies added to U.S. blacklist; and Vietnam considers legislation to regulate tech firms.
Digital Policy
Why Celebrations of Google’s Privacy Announcement Are Misplaced
Its announcement, which follows years of scrutiny from privacy advocates and regulators, is not as benevolent as it appears.
Cyber Week in Review: April 2, 2021
Russian hackers steal thousands of State Department emails; Facebook and Google plan new undersea cables in the Pacific; President Biden announces infrastructure plan; New Russian law requires domestic software on all devices; and United States and Japan plan chip strategy for April summit.
  • Cybersecurity
    Risk Aversion Is at the Heart of the Cyber Response Dilemma
    Western countries view the cyber domain as a highly uncertain and potentially escalatory environment, which takes more forceful response options off the table.
  • China
    China's Huawei Is Winning the 5G Race. Here's What the United States Should Do To Respond
    China is successfully using the Belt and Road Initiative to promote the adoption of Huawei 5G, while the United States is looking to reverse these gains.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 26, 2021
    China restricts use of Tesla vehicles by military and state employees; Amazon adopts AI-powered cameras, forces delivery drivers to sign “biometric consent” form; Intel to expand advanced chip spending and development; Major companies call on G7 to form “Data and Technology Forum;” and Facebook takes action against Chinese hackers.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 19, 2021
    U.S. federal judge halts ban on Xiaomi; U.S. report finds that Russia, Iran attempted to meddle in 2020 election; China blocks Signal; Alleged Russian hackers compromise Polish websites to spread disinformation; and Finland attributes hack of parliament to Chinese threat actor.
  • Cybersecurity
    Unexpectedly, All UN Countries Agreed on a Cybersecurity Report. So What?
    A consensus report at the United Nations further solidifies past progress and could enable a greater degree of accountability for malicious state behavior in cyberspace.
  • Cybersecurity
    New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q4 2020
    An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between October and December 2020.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Iran-Russia Cyber Agreement and U.S. Strategy in the Middle East
    The new cooperation agreement between Russia and Iran on cybersecurity and information technology is likely to create new hurdles for the United States and its allies in the Middle East.