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Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:48:04 -0500

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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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U.S. Influence Over Cyberspace Is Eroding, Warns Adam Segal in New CFR Book, The Hacked World Order

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:30:41 -0500

“While it should continue to promote and espouse the virtues of an open, global, and secure Internet, the United States must prepare for a more likely future—a highly contested, nationally divided cyberspace,” writes Adam Segal, director of the digital and cyberspace policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations, in his new book, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age.

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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:21:19 -0500

The European Union Commission and the United States agreed on new framework for transatlantic data flows on February 2, 2016. It replaces the Safe Harbor framework.

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How America Stacks Up

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:42:04 -0500

The line between domestic economic policy and foreign economic policy is now almost invisible, and getting these policies right matters for more than just U.S. living standards. Through insightful analysis and engaging graphics, How America Stacks Up outlines the challenges faced by the United States and prescribes solutions that will ensure a healthy, competitive U.S. economy for years to come.

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Keeping the Edge: U.S. Innovation

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:00:58 -0500

The United States leads the world in combining innovation quality and quantity, but the challenges are growing, particularly when it comes to scientific research. Addressing gaps in U.S. innovation policy could help ensure that the United States remains the leading innovation center for decades to come. 

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Remedial Education: Federal Education Policy

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 10:00:14 -0500

The scorecard infographic and accompanying progress report, "Remedial Education: Federal Education Policy," highlights the main challenges facing the U.S. education system and assesses whether federal education policy is effectively addressing them.

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The Hacked World Order

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:45:01 -0500

In The Hacked World Order, Adam Segal shows how governments use the web to wage war, spy on, coerce, and damage each other. While scholars, activists, and technologists initially heralded the Internet as a space outside of state control, governments have been quick to step into this new domain—both to control activity that happens within it and to adopt it as a new tool of state power.

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Second World Internet Conference: Wuzhen Initiative

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:48:17 -0500

The second World Internet Conference (WIC) was held in Wuzhen, China, from December 16-18, 2015. The theme for the conference was "An Interconnected World Shared and Governed by All: Building a Community of Common Future in Cyberspace" and conference leaders proposed the Wuzhen Initiative as a continuation of the work of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS).

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A Digital Progressive Project

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:48:15 -0500

Digital technology is unleashing new growth and opportunity for some, but will only strengthen our societies if we reform our industrial age social policies

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World Summit on the Information Society Statements

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 12:52:53 -0500

UN General Assembly Resolution 56/183 in December 2001 endorsed the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which encourages global discussions on how to benefit from the digital revolution while addressing the digital divide. The International Telecommunication Union hosted two phases in Geneva from December 10 to 12, 2003, and in Tunis from November 16 to 18, 2005. From February 25 to 27, 2013, WSIS participants met in Paris to evaluate progress and goals. In December 2015, the UN produced a draft resolution on the outcome of the WSIS from the past ten years and renewed the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) for another ten years.

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