Cyber Statecraft Initiative

  • Five Questions That Mark Zuckerberg Answered—And One That He Did Not

    After testifying to lawmakers in the US House of Representatives and the Senate for more than ten hours on April 10 and 11, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg appears to have weathered the worst of storm over news that consulting firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data of 87 million Facebook users.

    Here are some issues that came up in Zuckerberg’s testimony—and some that did not.

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  • Updating Government: Estonia’s Mastery of Digital Statecraft

    When asked about her country’s establishment of overseas “data embassies” to back up its data, Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid replied: “There’s nothing about the technology that’s interesting.” In a country known for making policy leaps and bounds in the digital realm, progress can easily be mistaken for technical know-how. However, important as technological innovation is, it is not the whole story.

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  • Five Questions for Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

    In the coming week, Congress will turn its attention to someone who has until now managed to fly under its radar—Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook. On April 10, Zuckerberg will appear as the sole witness before a joint hearing of two Senate committees—the Judiciary Committee and the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. On April 11, he will then go on to testify (again as sole witness) before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    Both hearings will focus on transparency, privacy, and Facebook’s use and protection of consumer data. In his statement, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, underscored that “users...

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  • 2018 US Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge

    On Saturday, March 17, the Atlantic Council’s sixth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Washington, DC, concluded with the Air Force Cyber College’s “Team Fightin’ Electrons” winning first place.

    The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyze the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests. The 2018 competition was held on March 16-17 at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), and featured over 150 students from fifteen states across the United States. Student teams competed to offer their best national-security policy recommendations for combating evolving...

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  • Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative Sixth Annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge Concludes in Washington, DC

    On Saturday, March 17, the Atlantic Council’s sixth annual Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge in Washington, DC, concluded with the Air Force Cyber College’s “Team Fightin’ Electrons” winning first place.

    The Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge is a one-of-a-kind competition designed to provide students across academic disciplines with a deeper understanding of the policy challenges associated with cyber crisis and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack and analyze the threat it poses to national, international, and private sector interests. The 2018 competition was held on March 16-17 at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), and featured over 150 students from fifteen states across the United States. Student teams competed to offer their best national-security policy recommendations for combating evolving...

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  • Farkas Quoted in Real Clear on the Talk Between the U.S. and North Korea


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  • Atlantic Council Names Klara Jordan as Director of Cyber Statecraft Initiative

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Atlantic Council today announced Klara Jordan as Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative in its Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Ms. Jordan will play a pivotal role in re-invigorating the Initiative’s work on cyberspace as a tool of statecraft, where national security overlaps with foreign policy and economic prosperity, while continuing the Initiative’s path-breaking work on the intersection of cybersecurity and public safety.

    Ms. Jordan joins the Atlantic Council from the private sector where she provided government affairs and public policy consulting services to cybersecurity and information technology companies at Orlie Yaniv Strategies LLC. She also previously worked at the policy and privacy division of FireEye, a global cybersecurity company, focusing on providing insights on opportunities and risks that stem from emerging policy, laws, and regulations. Prior to her private sector experience, Klara spent two years at the...

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  • How Meddling in Elections is Unraveling the International Liberal Order

    State and non-state actors are increasingly engaging in cyber conflict through a range of disruptive and destructive influence and interference operations. Among their targets? Elections.

    While election interference does not equal the existential threat of disintegration of nuclear nonproliferation regimes or the perils of climate change, together these challenges all contribute to what was the key theme of the 2018 Munich Security Conference (MSC)—the crisis of the liberal international order.

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  • Geers Quoted in WIRED on North Korea's Olympic Diplomacy


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  • Galante Joins BBC to Discuss Russian Strategic Intent


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