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Beware The Attack Of The Green Blob!

by Henry I. Miller, Kavin Senapathyvia Forbes
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Radical environmental activists, aka the Green Blob, are more of a threat to the planet and its inhabitants than the technologies they oppose, according to Owen Paterson, the former U.K. environment minister.

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Focus Legislative Energy On A National Carbon Policy, Not Keystone XL

mentioning George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Climate change warriors of all stripes were focused on the White House on Tuesday, where President Obama vetoed a bill that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Can Only Republicans Help Republicans On Climate Change?

quoting George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On a Tuesday conference call, climate policy champion Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) predicted that the toxic politics of global warming will change “because of the public’s growing awareness” of the issue. Many people who want action on climate change share the same hope.


Making Progress On The Encryption Debate

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In a recent debate between NSA director Mike Rogers and Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos, the topic of law-enforcement restricted access to encrypted communications once again came up.

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The Tricky Issue Of Severing US “Control” Over ICANN

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I have written an essay for Hoover’s The Briefing series entitled The Tricky Issue of Severing US “Control” Over ICANN.  Tomorrow the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation committee will have an important hearing on this subject.

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Patent Trolls Serve Valuable Role In Innovation, Stanford expert says

featuring Stephen Habervia Stanford News
Monday, February 23, 2015

Stanford political scientist Stephen Haber's research finds that much-maligned patent trolls actually offer inventors protection from potential bankruptcy and may help spur technological innovations.


Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast, Episode #54: An Interview With Ben Wittes

interview with Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, February 20, 2015

Benjamin Wittes discusses cybersecurity in the context of his forthcoming book, The Future of Violence.

Athens, Greece

Monday Morning Muesli

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Monday, February 23, 2015

One of the first statements by Greece's new prime minister Alexis Tsipras called on Germany to pay more reparations to Greece for losses arising from the Nazi occupation in World War II. Some commentators added that, if Germany could have its debts and damages mostly forgiven after World War II, Greece could be forgiven its debts today.

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Game Changers: Energy on the Move

featuring George P. Shultzvia Council on Foreign Relations
Friday, February 20, 2015

This short book offers a window into research and development taking place at MIT, Stanford, and other U.S. universities that in the next decade or two might revolutionize the production and consumption of energy. New ideas are emerging in five main areas: shale gas, solar photovoltaics, electricity storage, electric cars, and LED lighting.

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Two Events Take Up Cybersecurity Topics Before The White House Summit

mentioning Amy Zegart, Herbert Linvia Stanford News
Friday, February 13, 2015

On the eve of the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection, Stanford hosted two events related to privacy technologies and future research and education. The discussions addressed current and future challenges.


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The Task Force on Energy Policy addresses energy policy in the United States and its effects on our domestic and international political priorities, particularly our national security.

The Arctic Security Initiative addresses the strategic and security implications of increased Arctic activity and identifies opportunities for shaping a safe, secure, and prosperous Arctic.