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August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
Charlottesville The U.S. Far Right’s Message of Hate Will Not Prevail Outside Its Internet Echo Chamber

The U.S. far right has learned from the self-declared Islamic State to spread its message of hate online. Fortunately, the neo-Nazi message is less likely to spread offline in the United States.

March 16, 2018

REUTERS/Toby Melville Cyber Week in Review: March 16, 2018

This week: CFIUS strikes again; the U.K. considers going on the cyber offensive; U.S. officials call out Russia for targeting energy grid; Facebook is implicated in Myanmar's Rohingya crisis. 

March 5, 2018

Bundestag Deutschland 4.0? Germany’s Digital Strategy Over the Next Four Years

Digital and cyber policy issues played an important part in last year's German election. Here's what to expect over the next four years. 

February 20, 2018

European Union
Macron Merkel Could Europe's New Data Protection Regulation Curb Online Disinformation?

European leaders are rushing to implement new laws to curb disinformation on social media. However, existing European data protection laws might actually make it harder for bad actors to spread fake …

September 29, 2014

Hating Mubarak Loving Sisi_2 Hating Mubarak; Loving Sisi

Over the last few years, Egypt has become an object lesson in how narrow interests, greed, and politics can quickly undo noble ideas and aspirations. The time since former President Hosni Mubarak’s d…

February 2, 2018

Phil Cyber Week in Review: February 2, 2018

This week: connecting the unconnected, finding secret military bases online, a government-run 5G network, and cybersecurity guidance for the United Kingdom.

November 2, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
the-k-word-in-south-africa The “K-word” in South Africa and Proposed New Penalties Against Hate Speech

Following the social media circulation of a video in which a white woman lashes out at black police officers using racial slurs, the Zuma administration is proposing harsher penalties against hate sp…

January 24, 2018

United States
Did Tax Reform Really Give Walmart Employees a Raise? Did Tax Reform Really Give Walmart Employees a Raise?

“Thanks to the Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, Walmart—America’s largest employer—is raising wages,” tweeted House Speaker Paul Ryan on January 11. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was only too happy to embrace …

January 11, 2018

Huawei Cyber Week in Review: January 12, 2018

This week: Huawei hits a U.S. roadblock again, section 702 renewal enters the final stretch, removing "clearly illegal" content from social media, and encryption headaches for the FBI.

January 10, 2018

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
IsraelBarrierJerusalem Is Annexation of the West Bank Already Here?

My recent piece at Salon.com raised some hackles with my friend, former intern, and occasional coauthor, Michael Koplow. Michael is the policy director at the Israel Policy Forum, and he also writes …