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

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Vice President Mike Pence in front of the Space Shuttle Discovery. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The White House Adopts Cybersecurity Policy for Activities in Outer Space

The Trump administration's newly issued directive on cybersecurity policy for outer space is another small step towards taking cyber threats to U.S. space systems seriously. Read More

Cyber Week in Review: August 20, 2020
Beijing blasts Israel for moving to ban Chinese equipment from 5G networks; Commerce Department restricts Huawei’s access to global chip market; Indian lawmakers call on Facebook to answer questions over hate-speech policies; Taiwan accuses China of cyberattacks against government agencies and official email accounts; and EU regulators clash during first major test of GDPR enforcement.
Cyber Doctrines and the Risk of Nuclear Crisis Instability. Part 1: Issues with U.S. Cyber Strategy
Cyber operations that target nuclear-armed states could unintentionally pressure them into preemptively using their nuclear weapons.
Cyber Week in Review: August 13, 2020
U.S. national security advisor claims China is targeting election infrastructure; Belarus disrupts internet services during violent crackdown on protesters; Senator Harris’ nomination could signal better tech sector relations during potential Biden presidency; TikTok besieged on all sides by investigations and government action; and North Korean hacker group targets Israeli defense industry.
  • Censorship and Freedom of Expression
    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.
  • China
    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.
  • Cybersecurity
    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.