Shauhin Talesh saw again Josephine WolffThe recent book of “Cyberinsurance Policy: Rethinking Risk in an Age of Ransomware, Computer Fraud, Data Breaches, and Cyberattacks”. Wolff’s book dives headfirst into the the issues around cyber-insurancecovering the origin of the cyber insurance market, the role played by industry and government in the development of the market, and the range of threats covered by these policies.
Daniel Byman discussed the influence of big tech companies in the context of changing foreign policy and argued that increased coordination between business and democratic governments could help advance the foreign policy goals of those governments.
Brenda Dvoskin discussed the Facebook Supervisory Board the use of international human rights law to justify its content moderation decisions and argued that the council’s interpretations mimicked previous interpretations explicitly rejected by the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Jacques Laperruque provided a detailed summary of facial recognition lawa bill that would largely limit law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. Laperruque discussed the current lack of federal legislative action to address the largely unregulated technology despite bipartisan consensus and various state measures taken to reign in the use of facial recognition in the absence of federal regulation.
William Appleton shared a report from the department of homeland security‘s (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis and review of office activity by the DHS Office of General Council detailing DHS surveillance and interrogation of protesters in Portland, Oregon in 2020. The reports were released by the Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Oct. 27.
Adam’s Islands discussed more and more disruptive cyberattacks on financial institutions and highlighted the importance of encouraging successful cybersecurity programs in the banking sector by supplementing the required “sticks” with voluntary “carrots” in the regulatory incentive.
Alan Rozenshtein sitting with Danielle Lemon discuss the dangers posed by technology and the market to intimate privacy, what can be done to fight back, and its research and advocacy in the area of digital privacy:
Quinta Jurecic discussed the October 28 attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at his San Francisco residence. Jurecic discussed the rise in political violence, violent rhetoric, and how the right-wing media ecosystem fuels this rhetoric.
Katherine Pompilio shared the Criminal complaint of October 31 charging David Wayne DePape with one count of attempted kidnapping of a US official and one count of assault on a US official’s immediate family member. The charges relate to the Oct. 28 incident when DePape broke into the San Francisco home of USHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi and resulted in a physical altercation between DePape and the chairwoman’s husband, Paul Pelosi.
Rozenshtein, Jurecic and Scott R. Anderson sat down to discuss Recent Review of the Biden Administration’s Nuclear Posturenew Justice Department guidelines for prosecutors detailing when and how they can subpoena and arrest journalists, and the recent attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Saraphin Dhanani and Tyler Mc Brien compared the national security strategies of the Biden and Trump administrations to provide insight in the priorities of the current administrationfocusing on climate change, trade, immigration, great power competition, etc.
Erin Sikorski analyzed the report recently released by the Biden administration National Security Strategy (NSS) and its management climate change as a major threat to American national security. Sikorsky explained how the NSS links the geopolitical environment to the threat of climate change, and the inadequacies of the current system of international governance to respond to the threat.
Anderson sat down with Richard Fontaine to discuss the Biden administration’s recent post National Security Strategy, National Defense Strategyand Nuclear Posture Review. They discussed the role that strategy papers play in US foreign policywhat can be learned from the documents and what they say about the state of the world and the role of the United States in it:
Therese Chen, Alana Nanceand Han-ah Sumner summarized the Biden Administration’s Pacific Partnership Strategy. They also discussed U.S. military developments, including recent joint military exercises, China’s latest moves to bolster its naval and air capabilities, increased provocations by North Korea, and implications for diplomacy and conflict in the world. Indo-Pacific region.
Appleton shared Decision of October 31 by the International Criminal Court authorizing the Office of the Prosecutor to resume its investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan.
Natalie Orpett seated with Dhanani and Benjamin Witte discuss legal requirements for a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) designation, how an FTO designation would interact with existing U.S. sanctions, and what impact the designation might have on Russia’s war in Ukraine:
Jessica Davis, Thomas Juneauand Leah West discussed the current canadian enigma whether to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity. They assessed the impacts of sanctions imposed by the Government of Canada and argued that targeted sanctions are likely more effective than a terrorist entity designation.
Wittes sat down with Nathan Sachs to discuss the recent Israeli elections, how former Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu won without getting more votes than the other side, how Netanyahu imposed unity on his side, and more:
McBrien sat down with Brian Wintereditor of Americas Quarterly, to discuss the results of the recent Brazilian elections. They asked whether the warnings of an election crisis were alarmist or not, what’s next for former President Jair Bolsonaro and what to watch for in President-elect Lula’s first 100 days:
Nicol Turner Lee sitting with Gabriel SanchezDavid M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Nora Benavidezsenior attorney and director of digital justice and civil rights at Free Press, to discuss the Spanish-speaking media ecosystemthe prevalence of misinformation and disinformation, and how best to identify and mitigate it to prevent potential voter suppression from affecting Latino voters ahead of the midterm elections:
Dakota Foster explored the tension between state-level elections and emergency powers granted to governors, the ability of governors to influence elections through their use of emergency powers, and highlighted the inherently vague nature of emergency powers laws at the state level.
David Priess chatted with Vince Houghtondirector of the National Cryptologic Museum, about reality and fictional representation of cryptographythe very unusual objects exhibited at the museum and the cinematographic representations of numbers or codes:
And Stewart Baker sitting with Nate Jones, Jordan Schneiderand Jamil Jaffer to discuss a criminal investigation into Tesla, the recent indictment of two Chinese spies, the Transportation Security Administration’s new railway cybersecurity directive, and more:
And that was the week that was.