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Published: Tue, 16 May 2017 06:54:38 -0400

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I Will March for Science on Saturday — So Should You

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:37:02 -0400

Laurie Garrett argues that President Trump’s cuts to pure science and vital agencies risk generational damage to the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.

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Governing Cyberspace

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:00:30 -0400

Adam Segal discusses the increasingly contentious geopolitics of cyberspace and cybersecurity policies.

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A Conversation With Dan Schulman

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:00:37 -0400

Dan Schulman discusses how globalization defines today's consumer and the value of public-private partnerships and how they accelerate innovation. He will also address responsible leadership, and how businesses can drive lasting economic and socioeconomic impact.

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A Cyberattack on the U.S. Power Grid

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:00:53 -0400

Carrying out a cyberattack that successfully disrupts grid operations would be extremely difficult but not impossible. The United States should take measures to prevent a cyberattack on its power grid and mitigate the potential harm should preventive efforts fail.

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Driverless Cars and the Future of Transportation

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:36:16 -0400

Experts discuss innovations in driverless cars, the costs and benefits of autonomous vehicles, and the regulatory, ethical, and policy concerns that need to be addressed with the implementation of the technology.

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How China Is Preparing for Cyberwar

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:33:50 -0400

The United States and China have made progress on curbing commercial cyberespionage. Now, the global powers need to set limits when it comes to digital warfare. 

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Trump’s Draconian Budget Proposals Will Destroy U.S. Clean Energy Innovation

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:05:21 -0500

Steep budget cuts at the Department of Energy will undermine U.S. innovation and job creation in clean energy.

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Maintaining U.S. Leadership on Internet Governance

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:15:11 -0500

Now that the U.S. government is no longer responsible for the IANA functions, the United States needs to take action to maintain its influence on internet governance.

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Rebuilding Trust Between Silicon Valley and Washington

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:00:58 -0500

Since the Snowden disclosures in 2013, the relationship between the U.S. government and the tech community has been strained. This Council Special Report offers recommendations for repairing the relationship and moving forward on issues such as encryption, data localization, and cybersecurity.

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Creating a Federally Sponsored Cyber Insurance Program

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:51:40 -0500

Federally backstopped cyber insurance could be used to address a series of widely recognized and persistent cybersecurity problems.

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Robots and the Future of Jobs: The Economic Impact of Artificial Intelligence

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 15:46:47 -0500

Experts consider the economic effects of artificial intelligence.

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The Government Failed U.S. Workers on Global Trade. It Must Do Better on Technology.

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:13:59 -0400

“Much more even than globalization, technology is going to create upheaval and destroy industries and jobs. This can be for the better, helping us create new and more interesting jobs or freeing up time for leisure and artistic pursuits. But unless we find ways to share the prosperity and help Americans adapt to the coming changes, many could be left worse off than they are,” argue Vivek Wadhwa and Edward Alden. 

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The Authoritarian Internet Power Grab

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:12:09 -0400

Gordon M. Goldstein and Robert M. McDowell address the stakes of the increasingly contentious struggle over who controls the future of the internet.

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Time to Get Real About Russia Cyber War

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 14:52:33 -0400

Our democracy is under attack by Russia, but almost no one is treating the situation with the gravity it deserves. President Obama is loathe to retaliate. Would-be president Donald Trump denies that any attack is happening. And the media are acting as enablers for the attackers.

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War Goes Viral

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 13:59:48 -0400

Social media has altered the nature of war, argue Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard. 

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Using Incentives to Shape the Zero-Day Market

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 09:00:42 -0400

To reduce the risk of attack, the U.S. government should create incentives for individuals, companies, and governments to find and patch software vulnerabilities. 

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From ‘Flyover’ to ‘Smart’ Cities: Tech-Led Economic Growth Emerging in Midwest

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:57:52 -0400

“The challenge for ‘flyover cities’ such as Wichita; Lincoln, Neb.; Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and other places enjoying a tech-led revival is to find ways of ensuring that the benefits of their comebacks spread widely” writes CFR adjunct senior fellow Robert E. Litan.

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Women in Tech as a Driver for Growth in Emerging Economies

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 14:08:17 -0400

Increasing women's access to tech jobs in low- and middle-income countries can help solve labor shortages, empower women, and grow the economy, argue Catherine Powell and Ann Mei Chang.

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Human Work in the Robotic Future

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:31:20 -0400

The promises of science fiction are quickly becoming workaday realities. Cars and trucks are starting to drive themselves in normal traffic. Machines have begun to understand our speech, figure out what we want, and satisfy our requests.

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Biotechnology: The Potential and Perils of Innovation

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:45:47 -0400

Experts discuss the latest developments in synthetic biology and biotechnology, and their implications for U.S. national security over the next decade.

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The Age of Transparency

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:58:25 -0400

Transparency has long been a rare commodity in international affairs. But today, the forces of technology are ushering in a new age of openness that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Governments, journalists, and nongovernmental organ­izations (NGOs) can now harness a flood of open-source information, drawn from commercial surveillance satellites, drones, smartphones, and computers, to reveal hidden activities in contested areas—from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea.

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Is Innovation Over?

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:27:59 -0400

Almost seven years after the Great Recession officially ended, the U.S. economy continues to grow at a sluggish rate. Real wages are stagnant. The real median wage earned by men in the United States is lower today than it was in 1969. Median household income, adjusted for inflation, is lower now than it was in 1999 and has barely risen in the past several years despite the formal end of the recession in 2009.

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The Good News From Google

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 15:17:48 -0400

Ruth Porat has taken an unusual path to the tech world. Before becoming the chief financial officer at Google in May 2015 (and then at Alphabet, Google’s new parent company, a few months later), she held the same post at Morgan Stanley, where among other roles she worked closely with the U.S. government to sort out the troubles at the insurance corporation AIG and the mortgage-financing agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during the 2008 financial crisis. 

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A New Framework for Cross-Border Data Flows

Tue, 31 May 2016 14:57:35 -0400

The flow of data across international borders creates jurisdictional challenges and causes international tensions. Increasingly, countries have responded by imposing new requirements to store data locally, threatening cross-border data flows, which generate approximately $2.8 trillion of global gross domestic product each year. CFR Senior Fellow for Digital Policy Karen Kornbluh argues that the United States should take the lead in addressing these tensions.

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Must Reads of the Week: China’s Science Revolution, Afghan Forces, and More

Fri, 27 May 2016 13:55:45 -0400

What CFR.org Editors are reading the week of May 23–27, 2016.

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CRISPR: Transformative and Troubling

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:15:43 -0400

A new genetic technology has the potential to cure diseases and boost plant, insect, and human lives, but it also poses profound ethical questions, writes CFR's Laurie Garrett.

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The Future of Net Neutrality

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 15:48:27 -0400

Robert E. Litan and Hal Singer examine future scenarios and the multiple possibilities for the future of net neutrality regulations.

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The Future of Cybersecurity

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:18 -0500

Robert K. Knake discusses U.S. cybersecurity policy and internet governance.

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Here's Proof the U.S. Is on the Verge of Huge Innovations

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:41:45 -0500

The U.S. economy is not condemned to a slow growth future, argues Robert E. Litan

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Must Reads of the Week: Gravitational Waves, Venezuela on the Brink, and More

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:17:56 -0500

What CFR.org editors are reading the week of February 8-12, 2016.

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