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

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People gather to protest against the treatment of Ethiopia's ethnic Oromo group. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Technologies of Freedom Enabling Democracy in Africa

In response to internet censorship by governments across the continent, Africans have turned to technologies of freedom to access blocked content online. Read More

Cyber Week in Review: August 6, 2020
U.S. agencies release report on Chinese malware tool used for over a decade; TikTok saga continues with likely sale to Microsoft after intervention from President Trump; EU opens antitrust probe into Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit; Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube remove video by President Trump, citing misinformation; and State Department announces expansion of “Clean Network” program targeting Chinese technology.
Cyber Week in Review: July 30, 2020
Report finds election officials vulnerable to phishing emails; Trump administration asks FCC to narrow Section 230 protections for social media sites; Chinese hackers infiltrate Vatican networks prior to high-level talks; House lawmakers grill tech leaders during antitrust hearing; and Hackers target Eastern Europe in anti-NATO disinformation campaign.
Elections and Voting
Cyber Week in Review: July 23, 2020
Congressional Democrats demand FBI briefing on foreign disinformation campaign targeting 2020 election; DOJ charges Chinese hackers with targeting coronavirus vaccine research; Major Twitter breach likely the work of “SIM swapping” hackers; House of Representative votes to ban TikTok on federal devices; and France effectively bans Huawei 5G equipment by 2028.
  • Media
    Are OTT Platforms Abusing Their Market Power?
    The chief executives of some of the world’s most dominant technology companies will appear before the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee on July 27. Congress should press them to operate in ways that adhere to principles of neutrality and non-discrimination that have served the interests of consumers and citizens around the world.
  • Cybersecurity
    The Failure of Academic Progress in Cybersecurity
    Academic progress in cybersecurity studies from a social sciences perspective has been slow. In order to develop as a field, it needs a methodological framework, more developed theories, and collaboration that transcends disciplinary boundaries.
  • European Union
    Cyber Week in Review: July 16, 2020
    United Kingdom bans Huawei from 5G networks; Germany calls for first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions against Russian hackers; EU court sides with Apple on tax dispute; The United States, UK, and Canada accuse Russian cyber actors of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research; European Court of Justice strikes down EU-U.S. Data Privacy Shield; and Twitter falls victim to bitcoin scam targeting famous accounts.
  • China
    The United Kingdom Bans Huawei From 5G Networks
    Amid pressure by the United States, the coronavirus pandemic, and China's crackdown on Hong Kong, the United Kingdom has banned Huawei equipment from its 5G networks.
  • Russia
    To Secure the Election: Tame the Russian Bear in Cyberspace
    As the U.S. presidential election approaches, U.S. Cyber Command will have to consider tougher measures to impose costs that change Russia's behavior in cyberspace.
  • Hong Kong
    Cyber Week in Review: July 9, 2020
    TikTok leaves Hong Kong as U.S. tech companies announce moratoriums on requests for user data; France says it will not ban Huawei but will encourage 5G telecoms to avoid it; Internal audit finds Facebook policies were “significant setbacks for civil rights;” and Deutsche Telekom faces political pressure from German lawmakers over Huawei relationship.
  • United Nations
    The Road Toward Agonistic Pluralism for International Cyber Norms
    International cooperation on cyber norms should acknowledge that geopolitical conflicts and national interests are here to stay. Only by providing these with a constructive and creative space for agonistic pluralism can states truly prevail over polarization and fragmentation.