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QR codes of Alipay (top) and Wechat Pay are seen next to toys displayed for sale at a shop ahead of the Lunar Year of the Dog in Beijing, China on February 8, 2018. Jason Lee/Reuters

The Internet Was Created in the United States, But China Will Shape Its Future

For good reason, Russia and Russian hacking have dominated discussions about cyberspace this summer. With the midterm elections quickly approaching, there is a great deal of concern that the United States has not done enough to shore up the defenses of voting systems or deter Russia, or other state actors, from interfering in the democratic process again. There have also been warnings from U.S. policymakers and private cybersecurity companies that hackers have been in the electric grid, perhaps preparing for an attack that could cause widespread outages and economic disruption. Read More

August 14, 2018

United States
The Drone Revolution Shakes Up Tort Law 

The advent of drones has led to calls for new law to regulate the skies. One such proposal from the Uniform Law Commission is causing a stir in the United States. 

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August 10, 2018

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: August 10, 2018

This week: mobile blockchain voting, no word from Google on its China plans, and ICANN loses in a European court. 

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August 7, 2018

Digital Policy
Eliminating a Blind Spot: The Effect of Cyber Conflict on Civil Society

Repressive regimes are increasingly adept at using digital espionage to suppress dissent and stifle opposition at home and abroad, even in democracies. 

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