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Analysis and Commentary

The Mischief Of 'Regrettable Substitutions'

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

“Regrettable substitutions” occur when, capitulating to the demands of activists, manufacturers substitute ingredients or processes that prove to be inferior or actually harmful. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Future Of Violence: Robots And Germs, Hackers And Drones—Confronting A New Age Of Threat

by Benjamin Wittes, Gabriella Blumvia Lawfare
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

We’re thrilled to announce the publication today of our new book, The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones——Confronting A New Age of Threat .

The book takes on what we think is a pretty big question: How do you govern a world in which anyone can attack anyone from anywhere?

Cybersecurity
Analysis and Commentary

On Cyber Arms Control (Apropos Of The New York Times Editorial)

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Saturday, March 7, 2015

A bit late, but one more observation about the New York Times editorial calling for cyber arms control. In their words, “the best way forward [to reduce cyber threats] is to accelerate international efforts to negotiate limits on the cyberarms race,” in much the same way that we did with the nuclear arms control treaties of the Cold War.

Analysis and Commentary

Bruce Schneier’s Important New Book

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bruce has just published Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, a book that will interest many Lawfare readers.  Data and Goliath is deeply informed and accessibly written analysis of mass surveillance by firms and the government.

In the News

Robots Are Hurting Middle Class Workers, And Education Won’t Solve The Problem, Larry Summers says

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Two weeks ago, the famous economist Larry Summers sat in a chair on a stage at the National Press Club, talked with several other smart people for an hour and briefly upended a major debate in economics.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on opte.org
In the News

Understanding The Cyber Threat And Implications For The 21st Century Economy

featuring Herbert Linvia Energy & Commerce Committee
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Video of the hearing regarding "Cyber Threats and Implications in the 21st Century Economy."  Herbert Lin's Testimony

Analysis and Commentary

'Allergic To All Known Chemicals?'

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Monday, March 2, 2015

When I was a Special Assistant to FDA Commissioner Frank Young in the 1980’s, a woman approached me after she had heard him speak at a public lecture about the importance of regulation.  She told me how much she appreciated his diligence and passion about government oversight because, “My entire family and I are allergic to all known chemicals.”

In the News

David Zetland on Water

featuring Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 2, 2015

David Zetland of Leiden University College in the Netherlands and author of Living with Water Scarcity talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of water management.

Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on opte.org
Analysis and Commentary

The Unseen Effects Of "Net Neutrality" Regulation

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 27, 2015

Various friends on Facebook have been venting, quite justifiably, about the Federal Communications Commission's vote to regulate the Internet as a public utility.

Cybersecurity
Analysis and Commentary

DNI’s 2015 Worldwide Threat Assessment

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, February 27, 2015

I highly recommend that Lawfare readers peruse the annual the Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, as well as DNI Clapper’s opening statement before the SASC yesterday.  I read both quickly (though I did not watch the hearing).  Both seem less watered-down than usual.

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