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Analysis and Commentary

Our Lax Cybersecurity Policies Put Our Elections And Our Data At Risk

by Andrew Grottovia CNN Business
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Our national discussions about cybersecurity and privacy follow a frustrating pattern: a headline-grabbing incident like the recent Capital One breach occurs, Congress wrings its hands and policymakers more or less move on. So it is no surprise cybersecurity hasn't been much of a focus as the race to the 2020 presidential election heats up.

In the News

Review: How China Is Shaping California Skylines And American Democracy

featuring Larry Diamondvia Datebook (San Fransisco Chronicle)
Monday, July 22, 2019

Larry Diamond has studied democracy for 40 years. He’s seen governments in every conceivable state of health, and he’s not easily alarmed.


Playing With Fire On Election Security

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, July 26, 2019

If one foreign power continues to shred, on an ever-more daring basis, the integrity and inviolability of our electoral process, other foreign powers will draw lessons and follow. And they won’t all be pitching in on the Republican side.

Analysis and Commentary

Shoshana Zuboff On Surveillance Capitalism

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 29, 2019

Shoshana Zuboff of Harvard University talks about her book Surveillance Capitalism with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Zuboff argues that the monetization of search engines and social networks by Google, Facebook, and other large tech firms threatens privacy and democracy.

In the News

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' For Internet Abuse

featuring Alex Stamosvia Wired
Thursday, July 25, 2019
When Alex Stamos describes the challenge of studying the worst problems of mass-scale bad behavior on the internet, he compares it to astronomy.

Alex Stamos: Former Facebook Chief Security Officer On Election Security And Digital Threats

interview with Alex Stamosvia NPR
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Alex Stamos talks about efforts to shore up election security.


William Barr Says One New And Important Thing That Changes The Policy Debate On Exceptional Access

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Attorney General William Barr gave a speech on encryption at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University on July 23 that went over the usual law enforcement arguments for exceptional access.

In the News

Ransomware Attacks Hit Schools, But Experts Question Intent, Whether Trend Affects Arkansas

quoting Herbert Linvia ArkansasOnline
Monday, July 22, 2019

Black-hat hackers are increasingly targeting schools across America. But that could be by accident, say experts in Arkansas, who question whether the trend -- if there is one -- has reached Arkansas. "It's interesting that they're getting down to the schools," said Elizabeth Bowles, president and CEO of Aristotle Unified Communications in Little Rock.

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Why Getting Election Security Right For 2020 Matters

quoting Herbert Linvia CSO Online
Monday, July 22, 2019

How much election security is enough? Enough to convince the loser they lost. We're not there yet.


Jack Goldsmith Talks To Former Secretary Of Defense Ash Carter

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, July 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith interviews Ash Carter about Carter's new book, his time as head of the Pentagon, the challenges of conveying national security threats to the American public, the Obama administration's response to the rise of the Islamic State, offensive cyber operations, and the role of lawyers in defense policy.


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