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

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America’s New Challenge: Confronting the Crisis in Food Security

Advances in emerging technologies hold the promise to both alleviate the food crisis and amplify American influence abroad. Read More

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.
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.
Cyber Week in Review: March 12, 2021
A Russian disinformation campaign seeks to undermine confidence in COVID-19 vaccines; Government Accountability Office finds insufficient cybersecurity guidelines for weapons contractors; Hackers breach security startup and access thousands of security camera feeds; Chinese threat actor targets Microsoft Exchange email servers in large-scale intrusion; and FBI warns of increasing use of synthetic content. 
  • Cybersecurity
    America's Place in Cyberspace: The Biden Administration’s Cyber Strategy Takes Shape
    The Biden administration's cyber strategy reflects the ideological, geopolitical, technological, and diplomatic pillars of President Biden's overarching vision for U.S. foreign policy and national security.   
  • China
    China's Quest for Self-Reliance in the Fourteenth Five-Year Plan
    Despite calls for openness and international cooperation, China's Fourteenth Five-Year Plan's emphasis on achieving "self-reliance" in science and technology shows that China is looking internally to ensure its future development.   
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: March 5, 2021
    Hacktivist targets far-right platform Gab; China to suspend bitcoin mining in Inner Mongolia; Virginia adopts data privacy legislation; Moscow metro to adopt facial recognition payment system; and YouTube bans Myanmar military channels.
  • Cybersecurity
    Christina Ayiotis Should Get a Blue Check Mark. So Should Everyone Else
    Widespread identity verification on social media platforms would make it harder for malicious actors to impersonate real people.
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: February 26, 2021
    Chinese spyware traced back to stolen National Security Agency exploit; Congress holds first public hearing on SolarWinds; Russian hackers target Ukrainian government document circulation system; Biden executive order attempts to address chip shortage and strengthen supply chains; and Facebook restores news access in Australia.
  • Digital Policy
    Canada Has Denounced Clearview AI; It’s Time for the United States to Follow Suit
    The United States, with its history of police brutality, mass incarceration, and systemic racism, should take similar if not more drastic measures.
  • Digital Policy
    The Putin Regime Will Never Tire of Imposing Internet Control: Developments in Digital Legislation in Russia
    Moscow's recently introduced bills are the latest in a long history of efforts to bring the internet more tightly under its control.