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A street vendor walks past a bar called "Facebook" in Yaounde, Cameroon October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Disinformation Colonialism and African Internet Policy

Russia’s recent disinformation campaign in African countries highlights the challenges that African states face in crafting internet policy that is responsive to both external threats and internal political dynamics. African countries will likely not push back against Russian disinformation campaigns, but rather will try to exploit the campaigns for their own international and domestic political goals.  Read More

November 19, 2019

Cybersecurity
New Entries in the CFR Cyber Operations Tracker: Q3 2019

An update of the Council on Foreign Relations' Cyber Operations Tracker for the period between July and September 2019.

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November 15, 2019

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: November 15, 2019

Angela Merkel urges European Union to reclaim control over data; Suspected Chinese hackers target U.S. manufacturing industry group; Brazil to break ranks with United States on Huawei, says Chinese ambassador; UK’s Labour Party suffers two cyberattacks and a privacy gaffe; and Chinese surveillance company Hikvision advertises racial profiling technology.

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November 14, 2019

Digital Policy
Reviewing a Multi-Polar Tech World in 2019: China, United States, and EU-Japan

While multilateral efforts to establish standards governing emerging technologies have attracted publicity, the reality is that countries continue to pursue their own technological initiatives globally. The United States, European Union (EU), Japan, and China are doing so according to their own competitive advantages. Other countries need to observe these trends closely to understand the forces shaping global technology governance.

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