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March 1, 2021

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.

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo.

March 1, 2021

Southeast Asia
As in Myanmar, Coups are Becoming More Successful, and More Sophisticated

Early this month, Myanmar’s armed forces took control of the country. Moving overnight, they detained most leading politicians and many civil-society activists, barricaded roads, cut off internet acc…

Protesters take shelter behind shields as they clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 1, 2021.

February 18, 2021

United States
Can the State Department Bring More Diversity to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps?

President Biden has vowed to diversify the top ranks of government agencies. The small and shrinking number of senior Black diplomats, in particular, could undermine U.S. foreign policy goals.

February 24, 2021

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.

A security officer monitors surveillance cameras with geo-fencing and crowd monitoring capabilities.

February 24, 2021

Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo is Back on the Front Page

The killing of the Italian ambassador to the DRC and the lifting of U.S. Treasury sanctions against an Israeli businessman in the final hours of the Trump administration has again focused international attention on the interlocking crises in the DRC.

Four UN vehicles are seen parked on a dirt road, protected by armed UN soldiers, in eastern DRC. Two motorcycles are also seen driving on the road, going in opposite directions.

February 19, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 19, 2021

New activity from and against North Korean hackers; Russian hackers target French IT monitoring company; Cambodia adopts China-style internet firewall; Facebook blocks Australian news outlets; and Mo…

A person uses a smartphone to look at the Facebook page of Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen.

February 22, 2021

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting with government members.

February 18, 2021

Venezuela
Diesel and Food in Venezuela

As part of the broad economic sanctions against the Maduro regime in Venezuela and especially the petroleum sector, the Trump administration barred swaps of Venezuelan crude oil for gasoline and dies…

February 17, 2021

International Organizations
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: A Well-Qualified New Leader for the WTO

Organization (WTO), the trade body’s top leadership position, former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala quickly became the universal favorite to land the top job—except for among members of the Trump administration.

A picture of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the incoming head of the WTO. She is wearing traditional dress of the Igbo ethnic group from present-day Nigeria.

February 12, 2021

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: February 12, 2021

Hacktivists deface Sri Lankan web domains, highlight social issues; Hacker attempts to poison water supply in Florida city; Clubhouse blocked in China; Forced sale of TikTok to Oracle and Walmart put…

The TikTok app's logo seen on a mobile phone screen.