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

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Mobilizing the National Guard to Secure U.S. Elections

States are increasingly relying on the National Guard to provide cybersecurity in elections. As the 2020 election approaches, they will need to decide how to best fund and deploy their forces to protect the democratic process. Read More

Cyber Week in Review: January 31, 2020
The United Kingdom won’t ban Huawei; Major UN hack revealed; “SeaTurtle” DNS hijacking campaign reportedly aligned with Turkish government; Department of Interior grounds drone fleet; Facebook settles facial recognition lawsuit
When Election Interference Fails
While Tsai Ying-wen's landslide victory in Taiwan's 2020 general elections is significant in its own right, it is even more meaningful because it occurred in spite of China's concerted efforts to prevent her from winning. Social media, measures adopted by Taiwan's government, and Taiwanese civil society helped to mitigate Chinese election interference.
United Nations
From Multilateral to Multistakeholder? New Developments in UN Processes on Cybersecurity
The United Nations hosted the first intersessional consultation session between UN member states and non-governmental actors interested in peace and security in cyberspace. International law, norms, and capacity building in cyberspace were important dimensions of the discussion. While this was a meaningful opportunity for non-governmental participants to provide their insight, is it unclear what the future holds for multistakeholder participation in UN discussions on cybersecurity.
  • Elections and Voting
    Cyber Week in Review: January 24, 2020
    Cyber Command documents detail campaign to counter ISIS in cyberspace; Conflicting arguments surround the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos’ phone; Suzhou uses facial recognition to shame pajama wearers; Tech companies volunteer cybersecurity expertise to presidential campaigns; and Pentagon intervenes on Huawei.
  • Digital Policy
    Forget Saving the Post Office—I Just Need to Save My Job
    It is easy for people to obfuscate their identity online and even falsify metrics, like page views. The U.S. government needs to develop a system to verify that people online are who they claim to be.
  • Robots and Artificial Intelligence
    We Need a Drastic Rethink on Export Controls for AI
    Before export controls for AI are codified, the U.S. government needs to assess its past controls on technology and understand the challenges that AI poses to traditional export control practices. 
  • Cybersecurity
    Cyber Week in Review: January 17, 2020
    National Security Agency reveals major vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 10; Senators urge $1 billion plan to loosen China’s grip on 5G; India to ease some internet restrictions in Kashmir; Federal Reserve Bank of New York warns a cyberattack on banks could cause major disruption; and Amnesty International suit against NSO Group heads to court.
  • Digital Policy
    A Multistakeholder Meeting at the United Nations Could Help States Develop Cyber Norms
    In December, the Open-Ended Working Group of the United Nations held a three-day informal intersessional consultation to discuss security in information and communications technologies. December’s meeting is the first time that UN deliberations on cyberspace governance and state behavior have been held in a multistakeholder format, whereby businesses and civil society groups could submit their views to UN member states.
  • Cybersecurity
    A New UN Cybercrime Treaty? The Way Forward for Supporters of an Open, Free, and Secure Internet
    Last month, a Russian-led resolution on cybercrime that could pose challenges for countries that support a free and open model for the internet passed in the United Nations.
  • China
    Cyber Week in Review: January 10, 2020
    Trump administration pressed Dutch government to cancel sale of chip equipment to China; Congressional commission mulls new private sector reporting requirements; DHS warns of cyberattacks following Qasem Soleimani’s killing; Brazil to reject U.S. pressure on Huawei 5G bid; and New report suggests Chinese companies are recruiting hackers for Beijing