Articles Tagged: cyber security

China, Russia Resume Push for Content Restrictions in Cyberspace

China and Russia have launched a global campaign to regulate content on the Internet that, if successful, would slowly destroy cyberspace as a means of self-expression, freedom and unregulated speech. While they are still far from achieving their goals, Moscow and Beijing sense an opportunity in the outraged reaction to former National Security Agency contractor […]

America Is a Sitting Duck for Cyberattacks: The private sector’s Internet infrastructure is very vulnerable.

Here we go, beating ourselves up over the Edward Snowden-leaked National Security Agency programs designed to sort through trillions of telecommunications to find the few related to terrorism. Yet we don’t seem at all concerned about how fragile and vulnerable our huge private sector critical cyberinfrastructure, such as our electrical grid, Internet, banking and financial […]

U.S. Failure to Clarify Interests in Cyberspace Weakens Deterrence

Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee last month, retired Gen. Keith Alexander, who recently stepped down as head of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, expressed misgivings about America’s deterrent posture in cyberspace. In particular, he raised concerns about the lack of a threshold that, when crossed by cyberattackers, would […]

Snowden’s Misleading Testimony

NSA leaker Edward Snowden made two particularly spectacular public appearances (by remote) earlier this month; first by giving testimony to the European Parliament and second at the SXSW conference in Austin.   In both, he repeated assertions that the NSA’s phone metadata collection program had not stopped any terrorist attacks, concluding therefore that they offered no […]

The security vs. privacy debate is already over, and privacy lost

When Edward Snowden leaked massive troves of information about the National Security Agency‘s collection of electronic information, he started a debate over the tradeoffs between security and privacy. At least that’s how President Obama framed it, arguing, “we have to make some important decisions about how to protect ourselves and sustain our leadership in the […]

Stating the Obvious About Surveillance

In a recent interview, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper made the following – and painfully obvious – statements about the betrayals and disclosures of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden: I probably shouldn’t say this, but I will. Had we been transparent about this from the outset right after 9/11 — which is the genesis […]

Crunch Time for Reforming the NSA

Institute Fellow Dan Gallington discusses reform of the National Security Agency (NSA) on To the Point, a NPR radio program from Santa Monica, CA. A recording of the program is available here.

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