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.
Nuala O’Connor from the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that Congress should create a single legislative data-protection mandate to protect individuals’ privacy and reconcile the differences between state and federal requirements.
The United States has led the world in innovation, but China is closing the gap. A CFR Task Force says that the United States needs an ambitious plan of public and private investment in science and technology to keep its edge.
5G networks could revolutionize the digital economy, but with this opportunity come major cybersecurity challenges. A new Council on Foreign Relations Cyber Brief provides recommendations for policymakers.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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