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October 30, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Mail Bombs, Hate Crimes, and the Meaning of Terrorism

Last week’s mail bombs and synagogue attack have reignited a heated discussion of hate crimes and terrorism in the United States. Definitions matter in this debate.

Terrorism and Hate Crimes

June 20, 2018

South Africa
South African Court Delivers Blow to Religious Defense of Hate Speech

Section nine of South Africa’s constitution guarantees equal rights to all South Africans and outlaws discrimination, including that based on ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual preference. Pursuant to that provision, in 2000 Parliament passed the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) in 2000. In turn, PEPUDA led to the creation of Equality Courts to adjudicate infringements of equality such as unfair discrimination and hate speech.

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March 28, 2018

China
Why Does Everyone Hate Made in China 2025?

China's grand plan to bolster hi-tech industries at home is not receiving much love abroad. There's a good reason why. 

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November 16, 2018

Nigeria
Protecting Nigeria's Elections From Its Political Class

Nigerians will go to the polls for their general election in February 2019. In line with its mandate, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has reminded candidates that they are prohibited by law from campaigning before November 18, which marks ninety days before election day for federal offices, which is scheduled for February 16.

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November 16, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 16, 2018

This week: France wants to be a norm entrepreneur in cyberspace, Facebook works with French regulators, U.S. law enforcement want Alexa data, and cybercrime at the United Nations. 

Macron

October 5, 2018

Human Rights
Terrorism and Civil Society

On October 4, the White House issued its new National Strategy for Counterterrorism. This is a long and welcome document, and I want to discuss only one element of the strategy: the role of civil soc…

August 31, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 31, 2018

This week: Facebook's role in the Myanmar genocide, Telegram's privacy policy, and Huawei woes. 

Myanmar

September 29, 2014

Egypt
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…

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August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
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.

Charlottesville

July 20, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: July 20, 2018

This week: Europe fines Google over Android, Facebook wants to rid itself of speech that incites violence, U.S. lawmakers support domain fronting, and India's telecom regulator likes the GDPR. 

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