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Workers remove debris in the aftermath of a Ukrainian strike on January 1st on a vocational school housing Russian soldiers, which reportedly killed hundreds of Russian soldiers. Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

Why Military Leaders Need to Rethink Battlefield Intelligence in a Smartphone Era

Ukraine is using data derived from Russian smartphones to target missile strikes. Smartphones, as well as social media, are transforming battlefield intelligence.  Read More

Cyber Week in Review: December 23, 2022
Inglis to step down as Cyber Director; Epic Games fined $520 million; Cyber Command conducted offensive operations before midterms; Senate passes bill banning TikTok; carmaker NIO hit by data extortion.
Technology and Innovation
India’s Prospects in the Global Semiconductor Manufacturing Race
India has committed itself to expanding semiconductor manufacturing in the country, but bureaucratic dysfunction and a lack of water and energy will stop the country from competing internationally.
Cyber Week in Review: December 16, 2022
Apple expands end to end encryption; Japan tightens chip controls; U.S. adds new companies to Entity List; Chinese apps delete zero-COVID data; Meta releases new report on influence operations.
  • Cybersecurity
    Digital Agriculture—A Gap in Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Despite digital technology's growing importance in the world's food supply, governments have done little to secure digital agriculture or include it under critical infrastructure protections.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: December 9, 2022
    Apple continues moving production out of China; APT 41 accused of stealing COVID relief funds; House votes on NDAA; Netherlands will align with U.S. export controls; Maryland bans Tiktok on some phones.
  • Cybersecurity
    Taiwan’s Offensive Cyber Capabilities and Ramifications for a Taiwan-China Conflict
    Taiwan has had an active and capable offensive cyber force for more than a decade. Taiwanese leadership should continue to emphasize and grow its cyber capabilities to counter China's escalating gray zone campaign.  
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: December 2, 2022
    Chinese anti-lockdown protestors evade censors, U.S. and UK restrict Chinese technology sales; Ireland fines Meta $275 million; EU adopts new cybersecurity directive; Australia passes new data privacy bill.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: November 18, 2022
    UK blocks semiconductor factory sale; Australia plans cyberattacks on ransomware groups; Google settles location tracking lawsuit; U.S. and EU will release a new AI roadmap; Italy bans facial recognition technology.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: November 10, 2022
    Nvidia begins offering new microchip; Japan joins NATO cyber center; Greece to ban sale of spyware; Meta and Twitter lay off thousands of employees; Germany blocks sale of semiconductor factory.
  • Cybersecurity
    New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q3 2022
    An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between July and September 2022.