October 18: When it comes to AI in national security, there needs to be a recognition that not all failures are the same. TLS Scholar-in-Residence and IC veteran Corin Stone addresses the need for an IC-wide risk assessment framework to engage in the global tech race. Check out her article.
September 14: TLS Senior Project Lead and TLS Professor Alex Joel along with Sikina Hasham and Ashley Gorski reflect on 20 years after 9/11 and domestic US response. Check out the discussion.
September 10: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Corin Stone and TLS Program Director Gary Corn reflect on the lessons learned in the decades since the attacks of September 11th in Journal of National Security Law & Policy.Jack of All Trades, Master of None: Managing the Intelligence Community of the Future by Corin Stone and National Security Decision-Making in the Age of Technology: Delivering Outcomes on Time and on Target by Gary Corn.
September 9: TLS Associate Director Ya'ara Barnoon calls for USG engagement with the Afghanistan Evacuation volunteers engaged in Digital Dunkirk in her OpEd in The Hill.
September 1: TLS Program Director Gary Corn discusses the U.S. and international legal and policy issues associated with cyber attacks before the Association for Data and Cyber Governance.
July 15: POLITICO recognizes two of our Advisory Board members, Jane Horvath and Bojana Bellamy to POLITICO Tech 28, annual ranking of the 28 power players behind Europe’s tech revolution. Politico Tech 28: Class of 2021.
July 12: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Corin Stone talks about Artificial Intelligence in the Intelligence Community in her new piece on Just Security. There’s a lot of support for AI in national security. But is that enough for the IC to outpace our adversaries? Artificial Intelligence in the Intelligence Community: Money is Not Enough.
July 4: TLS Program Director Gary Corn, on Corresponsales en Línea, offers thoughts on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and what to expect going forward. Gary Corn, ex Jefe de Derecho Internacional del Mando de Fuerzas Combinadas en Afganistán.
June 30: TLS Senior Project Director Alex Joel will be appearing alongside Caitlin Fennessy and Christopher Hoff on this IAPP - International Association of Privacy Professionals panel on EU data transfer rules, tomorrow Wed Jun 30 at 10am! What Do New EU Data Transfer Rules Mean for Privacy Shield?
June 23: TLS Associate Director Ya'ara Barnoon moderates a panel on Digital Trade with Joshua Meltzer, Roberto dos Reis Alvarez, and Martín Molinuevo for the AUWCL Trade, Investment and Development Program's Summer Certificate Program - WTO & U.S. Trade Law and Policy. Digital Trade and Global Value Chains.
June 17: TLS Advisory Board member Chris Inglis to serve as the first National Cyber Director. It is a great step forward for the nation. In light of his confirmation, Chris will be stepping down from his position on the TLS board. We are grateful and proud to have had him as a member of the TLS team! Senate confirms Chris Inglis as Biden's top cyber adviser.
June 10: TLS Program Director Gary Corn comments on the Gordian knot problem of private sector ransomware attacks for USA TODAY. Colonial Pipeline admits paying ransom against FBI advice. It represents one of the most insurmountable cybersecurity problems.
May 27: TLS Program Director Gary Corn joins the 13th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, hosted by NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), for a discussion on international humanitarian law in the era of new technology. IHL Principles in the Era of New Technologies – Boundaries Challenged.
May 25: “What the Oracles of the world are doing is trying to make a play to be the platform of policing.” Mara Hvistendahl from The Intercept quotes TLS Affiliated Faculty Andrew Ferguson. Drone Swarms: the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful.
May 3: Dawn Zoldi on Drone Life, highlights key points from her conversation with TLS Program Director Gary Corn and Tim Haynie of Spectrabotics regarding national security and commercial drones. Drone Swarms: the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful.
Apr 30: On Foreign Policy, TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman breaks down the stalemate between Russia and Twitter. Russia Can’t Afford to Block Twitter—Yet.
Apr 26: Congratulations to Kirk Nahra for receiving the prestigious International Association of Privacy Professionals Vanguard Award! This award recognizes exceptional leadership, knowledge and creativity in the field of privacy and data protection. AU Washington College of Law and TLS are lucky to have Kirk! Kirk Nahra receives 2021 IAPP Vanguard Award.
Apr 19: TLS Program Director Gary Corn joins the InterDrone Podcast for a discussion on national security and commercial drones with Tim Haynie and Dawn Zoldi. Drones at Dawn | Episode 12 Tim Haynie of Spectrabotics and Gary Corn of Jus Novus Consulting.
Apr 12: Congratulations to TLS Board Member and former NSA Deputy Director, Chris Inglis for his nomination to serve as the first National Cyber Director! A step in the right direction to achieving cybersecurity. Biden administration plans to name former senior NSA officials to White House cyber position and head of CISA.
Apr 8: On Lawfare, TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman analyzes the definition of 'data broker' and its implications on federal privacy rules. Federal Privacy Rules Must Get “Data Broker” Definitions Right.
Apr 6: In an oped on Lawfare, TLS Senior Project Director Alex Joel points out that President Biden has the authority he needs to take prompt and decisive action in response to the EU court’s ruling in Schrems II. Protect Privacy. That’s an Order.
Apr 6: Jan 6 exposed complex and serious national security threats. An independent national commission is a necessary part of the national response, writes TLS Director Gary Corn and 140 other former senior national security, military & elected officials. Bipartisan group that includes former Homeland Security secretaries, lawmakers calls for Jan. 6 commission.
Mar 29: On Modern War Institute, TLS Program Director Gary Corn discusses the challenges of conducting military cyber and information operations in the uncertain space between peace and war, and the strategic risks of over reliance on warfighting doctrine and precepts. Authorities and Legal Considerations for US Cyber and Information Operations in a Contested Environment.
Mar 26: TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman and Jacob Schulz pull key insights on the internet and extremism from the ChristChurch commission report. The Christchurch Report Points to Better Avenues for Internet Reform.
Mar 25: In today's NY Times Tech: a cite to the comprehensive Section 230 reform tracker created by American University Washington College of Law and Duke University students along with TLS Senior Researcher Jenna Ruddock, Matt Perault and others for Slate Future Tense Now! What’s Behind the Fight Over Section 230.
Mar 23: TLS and Future Tense Now, including TLS's own Kiran Jeevanjee and Jenna Ruddock, launch a comprehensive guide to all the ways Congress wants to change Section 230. All the Ways Congress Wants to Change Section 230.
Mar 23: Earlier this month, Virginia became the second state to pass a comprehensive privacy law. TLS Affiliated Faculty, Professor Kirk Nahra summarizes the law and explores its potential impact. Virginia’s New Consumer Privacy Law Is Set for 2023—What’s Next?
Mar 22: TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman and Arindrajit Basu unpack The Huawei Factor in US-India Relations.
Mar 16: TLS Affiliated Faculty, Professor Andrew G. Ferguson's forthcoming article explores a way to "future proof" the Fourth Amendment and suggests a new legislative framework to fill privacy and legitimacy gaps left by current Fourth Amendment doctrine. Facial Recognition and the Fourth Amendment.
Mar 11: TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman and Dylan Primakoff write in Foreign Policy about Russia turning its "foreign agent" powers against online media. The Kremlin’s Latest Target Is Online Media.
Mar 5: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Alex Joel and Affiliated Faculty Ken Anderson on the panelist of the American University Intellectual Property Brief's first Article Review event: "When Seeing Is No Longer Believing: Deep Fakes, The Right of Publicity, and CDA 230 Reform." IP Brief Review: "When Seeing Is No Longer Believing: Deep Fakes, The Right of Publicity, and CDA 230 Reform."
Mar 4: Gary Corn, TLS Program Director, and Suzanne Spaulding, TLS Advisory Board member and Center for Strategic and International Studies, attend Yale Cyber Leadership Forum‘s Defending Forward? Implications for Safety, Security, and Sovereignty in Cyberspace as panelists. Defending Forward? Implications for Safety, Security, and Sovereignty in Cyberspace.
Mar 2: Erika Brown Lee, TLS Advisory Board member and Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Mastercard, speaks at NYU Law Women Leaders in Cybersecurity on critical privacy issues impacting cybersecurity for 2021. Women Leaders in Cybersecurity: Privacy 2021.
Feb 26: Gary Corn, TLS Program Director, and Robert Litt, TLS Advisory Board member and Morrison & Foerster Counsel, join Paul Rosenzweig, R Street Institute, David Hoffman, Duke University, and Major General (Retired) Charles Dunlap, Duke University, for a discussion on current issues of cybersecurity. 26th Annual National Security Law Conference: Current Issues of Cybersecurity.
Feb 24: TLS Research Fellow, Justin Sherman, writes in Wired on the challenges that the new administration will face uniting democracies on technology. Biden Faces a Steep Challenge to Unite Democracies on Tech.
Feb 22: TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, joins the Secure and Competitive Markets Initiative (SCMI) coalition alongside a long list of experts from the fields of cybersecurity, national security, economics, and supply chain. Secure and Competitive Markets Initiative.
Feb 19: Gary Corn, TLS Program Director, Robert Litt, TLS Advisory Board member and Morrison & Foerster Counsel, and Major General (Retired) Charles Dunlap, Duke Law School, discuss cybersecurity in the Modern Age at Toledo Law School's Law Review sponsored event. Virtual Law Review Symposium: Emerging National Security Issues in 2020 and Beyond.
Feb 14: TLS Program Director Gary Corn, on Corresponsales en Línea, offers thoughts on the recent impeachment proceedings and the long-term implications for the Nation. Cnel. Gary Corn, Director del Programa Tecnología, Derecho y Seguridad de la American University.
Feb 11: Join us in congratulating TLS’s own Jennifer Daskal for her appointment as the Deputy General Counsel. . . We will miss her greatly while she is away, but we are excited for all she will bring to U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Nation! Professor Jennifer Daskal Named Deputy General Counsel at DHS.
Feb 11: Joint Report of the National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Tech, Law & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law released. Chinese Technology Platforms Operating In The United States.
Feb 8: Justin Sherman and Trey Herr write on how to maintain the principles of freedom, openness, and security for The National Interest. Finding a Foreign Policy for the Internet.
Feb 8: TLS Research Fellow, Justin Sherman, explains in a Slate Future Tense Now op-ed how the Kremlin’s new draft rules may restrict foreign technology companies operating in Russia. Part of the Free Speech Project. The Kremlin May Make Foreign Internet Companies Open Offices in Russia.
Feb 8: TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, and an expert panel at University of Virginia School of Law explore the challenges cybersecurity poses for governments, private actors and civil society. U.S. Government Perspectives on Cybersecurity.
Feb 5: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Corin Stone joins a conversation with Amy Jeffress and Judge James Baker on how usage of AI in national security has influenced lawyers and decision-making as part of the ABA Emerging Critical Issues in National Security Webinar Series.
Feb 5: TLS Scholar-in-Residence, Alex Joel, moderates Lessons Learned: The Future of Digital Privacy panel on Day 2 of the American University Law Review Annual Symposium.
Feb 4: TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, explores national security risks and international legal issues associated with the proliferation of Chinese-made drones on Lawfare. The Legal Aspects of Banning Chinese Drone Technology.
Feb 4: PreLaw Magazine recognizes AU WCL with a top A grade and #13 ranking for its technology law offerings. Launched last year, our Tech, Law and Security Program (TLS) tackles challenges at the intersection of law, policy and technology. AUWCL Recognized with Top Grades for Diversity Initiatives, International, Trial Ad, and Tech Law.
Feb 4: TLS Affiliated Faculty, Andrew Ferguson, moderates the Surveillance and Privacy in the Pandemic panel and TLS Faculty Director, Jennifer Daskal moderates the Contact Tracing & Innovative Technology panel on Day 1 of the American University Law Review Annual Symposium.
Feb 4: Jennifer Daskal and Laura DeNardis discusses sovereignty in cyberspace as part of the Yale Cyber Leadership Forum virtual discussions.
Feb 3: TPRC hosts a webinar briefing on the international outlook towards privacy and cross-border data transfers with J Scott Marcus, Max Schrems, Mosi Li, and TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman.
Jan 22: David Lazarus quotes TLS Affiliated Faculty, Andrew Ferguson, in a column on Los Angeles Times. “Every company is a data company now, and your data is valuable,” Column: Pandemic, not privacy, tops list of 2021 consumer trends. Let’s change that
Jan 20: TLS Affiliated Faculty, Rebecca Hamilton, writes on de-platforming as a policy failure and a window into global inequities and embedded assumptions on Just Security. De-platforming Following Capitol Insurrection Highlights Global Inequities Behind Content Moderation.
Jan 15: TLS Board Member, David Kris, and former FBI Deputy Director Sean M Joyce break down on Lawfare the rules under which the government collects information in advance of events like those of January 6th. How Could Law Enforcement Have Investigated Before the Capitol Riot?
Jan 14: TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, explains on Lawfare what defend forward actually means and why we should not retreat from this approach. Having a good defense is not enough, we need to also disrupt and deter adversaries with real consequences. SolarWinds Is Bad, but Retreat From Defend Forward Would Be Worse.
Jan 6: TLS Faculty Director, Jennifer Daskal, speaks at Data Sovereignty along the Digital Silk Road on the topic of Digital Sovereignty, Free Speech, and the Global Information Flow.
Dec 22: Mark Pomerleau quotes TLS Program Director, Gary Corn, in this C4ISRNET's piece that breaks down the NDAA cyber provisions and their impact on the DoD. Which NDAA cyber provisions have the most impact for DoD?
Dec 18: R Street Institute quotes TLS Program Director and R Street Senior Fellow Gary Corn in a statement on measures that the new administration must take to ensure that the SolarWinds cyber-attack does not happen again. Incoming Biden administration must act fast to prevent another SolarWinds cyber-attack and repair untold damage already done.
Dec 15: TLS signs a newly-released pledge, spearheaded by R Street Institute Tatyana Bolton (Managing Senior Fellow, Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats) to help make the cyber field more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Cybersecurity Coalition Pledge: “Making Space”.
Dec 8: TLS Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal has been selected as an Innovators Network Foundation (The App Association's foundation arm) Privacy Fellow! She joins a fantastic group with Eric Goldman, Lorrie Cranor, Subbarao Kambhampati, Paula Bruening and Joy Pritts! Innovators Network Foundation Announces 2020-21 Privacy Fellows.
Dec 3: Wired UK names TLS Affiliated Faculty and American University School of Communication Interim Dean Laura DeNardis as one of 32 innovators who are building a better future. "Laura DeNardis is a razor-sharp visionary of technology and the power battles that come with digitisation and connectivity." Change everything: 32 innovators who are building a better future.
Nov. 29: TLS Program Director Gary Corn, on Corresponsales en Línea, offers thoughts on the President’s pardon of Michael Flynn and other national security issues impacting the transition to a new administration. Gary Corn, Dir. del Programa Tecnología, Derecho y Seguridad de la American University en Washington.
Nov. 23: TLS Scholars-in-Residence Alex Joel and Corin Stone relied on decades of experience in the IC to put together these T’s and C’s of intelligence reform for the new administration. Getting the T’s and C’s Right: The Lessons of Intelligence Reform.
Nov. 20: TLS Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal quoted in Bruce Love's Financial Times piece regarding privacy concerns related to contact tracing including: where the data are stored, how the app identifies connections; and whether users can opt out. Covid tracing fans public health vs privacy debate.
Nov. 19: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Corin Stone joined Congressman Jim Himes and Defense Innovation Unit Director Mike Brown for an important discussion about innovation and investment in the Intelligence Community and how they can contribute to our national security. Virtual Panel Discussion with Congressman Jim Himes on Investment and Innovation in the Intelligence Community.
Nov. 17: TLS Faculty Director Jennifer Daskal, on Slate-Future Tense Now, on the risks of global censorship, after the Austrian Sup. Ct. orders Facebook to take down posts critiquing a former Green Party leader--and do so on a global scale. A Court Ruling in Austria Could Censor the Internet Worldwide.
Nov. 11: TLS Research Fellow Justin Sherman writes on why global tech policy should focus on alliance-building abroad and tech regulation at home. Rebuilding Trump’s Broken Global Tech Policy Won’t Be Easy.
Nov. 10: 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. Corin Stone: Tempered Glass.
Oct. 30: 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. Section 230 Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle.
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 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 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: The Washington Post quotes Andrew Ferguson, TLS affiliate, in America is awash in cameras, a double-edged sword for protesters and police.
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 15: TLS Scholar-in-Residence Alex Joel on how lessons learned following the 9/11 attacks may inform our response to the coronavirus, 9/11 All Over Again.
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 9: TLS Faculty Director Jen Daskal on how good health and good privacy go hand in hand, Digital Surveillance can Help Bring the Coronavirus Pandemic Under Control – But Also Threatens Privacy.
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: TLS Program Director Gary Corn speaks with Corresponsales en Linea, a radio program in Buenos Aires, Argentina, about the death of George Floyd, the subsequent protests, and the legal and policy issues around using the military in response.
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.