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Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy

November 11, 2020

TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman, on a WIRED oped, explains why global tech policy should focus on alliance-building abroad and tech regulation at home.

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Corin Stone: Tempered Glass

Corin Stone: Tempered Glass

November 10, 2020

TLS Scholar-in-Residence Corin Stone joins Mason National Security Institute and Amazing women Ic's Iron Butterfly Podcast, hosted by Megan Jaffer, in discussing how transparency helps promote public confidence in, and understanding of, the IC.

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Section 230 Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

Section 230 Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle

October 30, 2020

Let's focus more on real issues and less on political points. TLS Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal explains on Barrons online why a Section 230 reform should be part of a broader package including things like privacy protections and transparency requirements.

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TLS in the News

Oct. 27: "Today is Election Day. So is tomorrow. Yesterday too." TLS Board Advisor, Vivian Schiller, explains in a CNN op-ed why it is time to retire the term "Election Day" and get into the mindset of 'Election Season'.

Oct. 27: How can we manage risks & opportunities in an international technological ecosystem? TLS Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Abigail Coplin, Samm Sacks, Graham Webster, Naomi Wilson and Luo Yan explore the current state of play and options. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) will be delivering a keynote speech on global data governance. 

Oct. 26: Efforts from the Kremlin to bring social media and technology firms under state control further shrunk Russian Internet Freedom. TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman and Dylan Myles-Primakoff discuss, on Foreign Policy, the expansion of state surveillance.

Oct 22: “This is a tool designed to enhance government surveillance now being redirected on the domestic population” – TLS affiliate Andrew Ferguson in a New York  Times article discussing the concerning nature of police departments’ relationship with Palantir. Does Palantir See Too Much?

Oct 19: Good health and good privacy work in tandem. TLS Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal's recently published piece on Journal of National Security Law & Policy (JNSLP) explains why good privacy and good health go hand in hand--and lays out the privacy protections needed. Good Health and Good Privacy Go Hand-in-Hand.

Oct 15: Congratulations to TLS Advisory Board member Lt. Gen. (Ret) Vincent Stewart on his appointment to the American Public University System's Board of Trustees! American Public University System Names Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, Former Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, to Board of Trustees.

Oct 11: TLS Advisory Board member, David Kris, and Michael Morell co-authored an op-ed in Washington Post outlining the NationalSecurity risks of having government officials with a substantial amount of debt owed to unknown lenders. Trump is in debt. We can’t ignore the national security risks that come with that.

Oct 9: Airing of “Cuties’’ by Netflix generated a lot of negative criticism. Mike Godwin explains on Slate the difference between what is really “illegal” and ''a disapproval of art”. Learn more at our First Amendment 2.0 event.

Oct 8: Advances in technology are reshaping the information environment and the nature of military and security operations. TLS Program Director Gary Corn and Geoffrey Corn review the impact of emerging technology concerning NATO in NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) latest Legal Gazette. Issue 41: Legal Aspects of Innovation.

Oct 7: TLS Advisory Board member and Aspen Digital Executive Director, Vivian Schiller, mentioned in a WIRED article for her tabletop exercise with Garrett M. Graff geared toward an unfolding hack-and-leak operation timed to the second presidential debate in October. The Right Way to Cover Hacks and Leaks Before the Election.

Oct 7: TLS Advisory Board Suzanne Spaulding discusses her efforts to educate those in the court system on how to effectively respond to Russian disinformation seeking to undermine our system. "Without an informed and engaged citizenry, democracy will collapse." National security lawyers say Russia is ramping up attacks on the American judiciary—and meeting resistance.

Oct. 5: Check out TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman's Atlantic Council insightful report and dataset that looks at the US private sector’s outsized influence on the internet’s architecture and its security. The politics of internet security: Private industry and the future of the web.

Sept 30 - Oct 2: Check out TLS Technology Fellow Pete Renals' talk on Business Email Compromise as part of the Threat Intelligence Practitioners' Summit portion of Virus Bulletin 2020 conference sponsored by Cyber Threat Alliance. Business Email Compromise – Scalable Attribution Powering Industry and Law Enforcement Collaboration.

Sept 29: Cities and investors should be wary of big data policing... A data-driven surveillance system or policing system? TLS affiliate AU WCL Andrew Ferguson suggests that it doesn't solve underlying policing problems and put a lot of innocent people in the system. Scars, Tattoos, And License Plates: This Is What Palantir And The LAPD Know About You.

Sept 28: TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman went on CNBC international to discuss the latest in the TikTok saga and why having a long-term strategy is important to dealing with software security issues. Long-term strategy is key in dealing with software security issues, says analyst.

Sept 28: Pleased to include R Street Institute's Paul Rosenzweig’s important paper on the law and policy of client-side scanning as a means of combating on-line child pornography as part of the joint WCL PIJIP and TLS Paper Series. The Law and Policy of Client-Side Scanning.

Sept 25: In recent months, there have been warnings about "foreign actors & cybercriminals" interference in the 2020 election. TLS Board Advisor Suzanne Spaulding suggests that election interference could harm public faith and confidence in democracy. Q&A: Looking Out For Election Misinformation.

Sept 25: Information Conflict and International Law: Lawfare hosts TLS Program Director Gary Corn's recent Hoover Institution Aegis Paper Series publication on hostile influence campaigns, covert deception, and the rule of non-intervention. Covert Deception, Strategic Fraud, and the Rule of Prohibited Intervention.

Sept 18: Hostile influence campaigns, covert deception, and international law. As part of Hoover Institution Aegis Paper Series, TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, argues the need to adapt the rule of non-intervention to the evolving face of information conflict. Covert Deception, Strategic Fraud, And The Rule Of Prohibited Intervention.

Sept 17: TLS Research Fellow, Justin Sherman, explains why we should not underestimate the significance of India's position on Huawei in his The Diplomat's op-ed. Don’t Underestimate India’s Sidelining of Huawei.

Sept 15: TLS Faculty Director, Jennifer Daskal, will be joining the Class of 2021 New America Fellows to work on a book project about censorship and surveillance online. Class of 2021 New America National Fellows.

Sept 8: Following the release of Cyberspace Solarium Commission white paper on growing the Federal cyber workforce, Chris Inglis, TLS Board Advisor, calls for a coherent strategy in cyber education to ensure that cybersecurity jobs exist once our students enter the workforce. Does Predictive Policing Enforce Racial Bias?

Sept 3: The imperfect art of translating existing International Law to fit new technologies. TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, highlights the challenges, and limits, to applying legal frameworks developed in different eras and contexts to new technologies. Cyber Operations and the Imperfect Art of “Translating” The Law of War to New Technologies.

Aug 27: The latest video from Thomson Reuters Foundation with experts Andrew Ferguson, Rashida Richardson and Mayor Cummings. Predictive Policing systems have boomed over the last decade but do they actually work? A major problem is how racial bias and power distorts accuracy. Does Predictive Policing Enforce Racial Bias?

Aug 25: TLS Research Fellow, Justin Sherman, analyzes developments in China, India, and Russia as case studies of government censorship amid the crisis; and details the serious public health and safety effects of the spread of misleading and inaccurate information. Government Information Crackdowns in the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Aug 20: TLS Board Member and CIPL President, Bojana Bellamy, stresses the importance of establishing the Autoridade Nacional de Proteção de Dados (ANPD) and shares her thoughts on the role it should play under Brazil’s New Data Protection Law (LGPD). Brazilian Minister Says Decree to Create Data Protection Authority is Ready for Publication.

Aug 6: Check out Justin Sherman's Wired interview with Sue Gordon, former principal deputy director of national intelligence, as they discuss digital risks and possible sustainable framework for addressing security and national policy threats. How the US Can Prevent the Next ‘Cyber 9/11’?

Aug 2: TLS affiliate, Laura DeNardis, quoted in USATODAY big tech hearing piece - ‘Energizing the hearing was "the elephant in the room," which is the handling of content on social networks, especially manipulation of political speech and medical disinformation.’ Congress and technology: Do lawmakers understand Google and Facebook enough to regulate them?

July 30: Out today, Justin Sherman's Wired oped on the antitrust hearing. Do we really need to choose between promoting democratic tech values and regulating US tech giants? And how does China play in? Don't Be Fooled by Big Tech's Anti-China Sideshow.

July 17: TLS affiliate and Dean of American University School of Communication, Laura DeNardis, shares her thoughts on the twitter hack and why it is more than a tech company problem. The breach provides a haunting glimpse of the potential threats of a technology infrastructure takeover. Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society.

July 17: TLS Faculty Director, Jen Daskal, details the global repercussions of the EU SchremsII privacy shield decision — Is the EU court flexing its muscles across the globe? What Comes Next: The Aftermath of European Court’s Blow to Transatlantic Data Transfers.

July 13: TLS Faculty Director, Jen Daskal, Rita Siemion and Tess Bridgeman weigh in on bipartisan bill setting geographic limits on future actions taken under 2001 AUMF. An Incremental Step Toward Stopping Forever War?

July 9: TLS affiliate, Laura DeNardis, quoted in an AFCEA multipart series that talks about control over the internet. Instead of disrupting information, countries can just reach across borders and disrupt the physical objects that are connected to the Internet. Internet Power and Control May Fall Simply Into China’s Lap.

July 2: TLS Faculty Director, Jen Daskal, and DeBrae Kennedy-Mayo breakdown Budapest Convention proposed updates. Why are they needed and why they should be coupled with transparency, oversight, and other protections against abuse. Budapest Convention: What is it and how is it being updated?

July 1: TLS affiliate, Justin Sherman, publishes on Atlantic Council regarding to the motives behind India’s ban of the 59 Chinese apps, including after some valuable exchange with the South Asia Center experts at the Council. India’s China app ban heightens need for multilateral discussion on digital privacy and security.

June 29: We are delighted and honored to be a recipient of the Knight Foundation grant, which will enable us to tackle critically important questions re: the roles and responsibilities of players across the Internet ecosystem in responding to harmful content online. Knight Foundation Announces a Wide Range of New Grants to Support Research on Internet Governance.

June 24: TLS affiliate, Laura DeNardis, discusses with host Jonathan Rothwell in the latest episode of Gallup and Knight Foundation podcast, Out of the Echo Chamber, regarding to the concerns relating to internet privacy, security and freedom. Rethinking Freedom When the Internet Is Everywhere: A Discussion With Laura DeNardis.

June 23: Data nationalism and data location requirements are on the rise. This Data Catalyst's report by TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal and TLS affiliate Justin Sherman details, breaks down, and analyzes the trends, reasons, and risks. Border Control: The Rise of Data Nationalism.

June 21: TLS Board Advisor, Vivian Schiller, quoted in The Washington Post re Philippines’ conviction of journalist Maria Ressa on invented cyber libel charges. Trump should denounce this assault on press freedom in the Philippines. Instead, he’s imitating it.

June 12: TLS affiliate, Andrew Ferguson, reveals a decade of big data policing and exposes the deeper issues of race, power and privacy. High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach.

June 10: A must read moving message from TLS Advisory Board member Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, USMC (Retired) on the pernicious reality of racism, the importance of leadership, and what we all need to do in response. Former DIA Director: Please, take your knee off our necks so we can breathe.

June 7: TLS Program Director Gary Corn speaks with Corresponsales en línea in Buenos Aires about George Floyd, protests, and the use of the armed forces domestically. (El Director del Programa del TLS, Gary Corn, habla con Corresponsales en línea en Buenos Aires sobre George Floyd, las protestas, y el uso de las fuerzas armadas in situaciones domésticas.). Gary Corn, coronel retirado del Ejército de los EE.UU. y abogado militar.

June 3: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal and Matt Perault talk about online expression and President Trump’s Executive Order, about why Apple and Google were right to design their contact tracing system to be as privacy-protective as it is, and why despite this elegant design, digital contract tracing is unlikely to work. Technology By Design, Episode 16.

May 29: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal on the recent executive order that attacks Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act—a provision which has been interpreted over time to give platforms wide-ranging immunity for the content that is posted on their sites. Publisher or Public Square – the Challenge of Trump’s EO.

May 22: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal on how the Apple-Google contact tracing initiative turns the EU-US privacy debate on its head, The Apple-Google Contact Tracing System Won’t Work. It Still Deserves Praise.

May 9: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal quoted in Newsweek, Would You Let The Government Track Your Smartphone If It Meant We Could Reopen Sooner?

May 1: TLS Research Assistant Meghan Chilappa wrote on India's reliance on digital repression tactics to quell dissent, Grappling With India’s Internet Shutdowns From Afar.

Apr. 28: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal quoted in Politico, How the Coronavirus Is Upending Medical Privacy.

Apr. 21: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal joined roundtable discussing how three very different countries are addressing—or not—the spread of rumors and disinformation, Free Speech Project: Facing COVID-19 Misinformation and Censorship in Brazil, Russia, and China.

Apr. 16: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal hosted Future Tense's webinar on privacy and surveillance in the wake of COVID-19, Will the Coronavirus Claim Privacy Among Its Victims?

Apr. 16: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Alex Joel wrote on the importance of speaking truth to power in the intelligence community, Seek and Speak the Truth.

Apr. 14: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal joined a webinar hosted by the App Association and the Family Online Safety Institute discussing encryption's role as a protective mechanism online, Protecting the Vulnerable Online: Why Encryption is Key.

Apr. 9: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal spoke on privacy in the age of COVID-19, Privacy Concerns Mount as Coronavirus Spreads.

Apr. 2: TLS director Gary Corn wrote how states could and should do more to respond to and actively disrupt the spread of coronavirus disinformation, Coronavirus Disinformation and the Need for States to Shore Up International Law.

Apr. 1: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal spoke on ways the government can use digital surveillance to combat COVID-19 without violating the Fourth Amendment, Technology and Privacy During a Pandemic: Should Government Surveillance Be Used to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?.

Mar. 31: A Law 360 article quoted TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal on location tracking, Coronavirus Response To Test Limits Of Location Privacy.

Mar. 30: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal joined the National Security Law Podcast on discussing: The power of the federal government (or lack thereof) in relation to state public health directives to shelter-in-place or otherwise restricting movement, The President’s emphatic invocation of “P!”, What might occur in the weeks ahead in relation to data-gathering in support of public health measures, and The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruling in “the Beatles” case, The National Security Law Podcast: This Podcast Is Invoking 'P'!.

Mar. 27: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal writes with American University School of Communication Professor Laura DeNardis on the cyber issues coronavirus pandemic creates, Society's dependence on the internet: 5 cyber issues the coronavirus lays bare.

Mar. 16: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal writes with Mia Shuang Li on the dangers of app consolidation, Lessons From China on the Coronavirus and the Dangers of App Consolidation.

Mar. 6: TLS Faculty Affiliate and Faculty Director of the Internet Governance Lab at American University Laura DeNardis analyzes the possibility that internet-connected devices could disrupt transportation systems on Election Day, stymie political campaigns, or help make information warfare more credible, ‘Internet of Things’ Could Be an Unseen Threat to Elections.

Feb. 27: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal quoted in the New York Times, Facebook, Google and Twitter Rebel Against Pakistan’s Censorship Rules.

Feb. 11: TLS director Gary Corn writes on Iranian cyber threats and scrutinizes Chatham House’s report on the international law rule of non-intervention and the principle of sovereignty, Punching on the Edges of the Grey Zone: Iranian Cyber Threats and State Cyber Responses.

Jan. 16: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal spoke on government access to encrypted communications, Decrypting the Decryption Dilemma, alongside Kara Swisher, co-founder of Recode, and Julian Sanchez, senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Jan. 2: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal and TLS board member Suzanne Spaulding quoted in ABA Journal, The 2020 election: 4 threats to anticipate.

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