New Atlanticist Feb 25, 2020
The 5×5—The evolution of the internet and geopolitics
By Simon Handler
The internet has been a pivotal force behind the growth of the global digital economy and altered the relationship among states, their citizens, and the private sector. These changes have disrupted the geopolitical balance of power and ushered in a new generation of globally-powerful multinational companies. However, new dynamics of conflict are threatening the internet as we know it.
In the News Feb 21, 2020
Sherman in WIRED: Governments Are Clamping Down On Foreign Tech Investments
By Atlantic Council
State inspection of foreign investments at home isn’t novel. Probing NGOs and mandating registration of foreign lobbyists are just two decades-old examples. What’s different today is that countries are accelerating and expanding these powers where they already exist, or freshly architecting them altogether. It’s a way for governments to address two things: perceived foreign influence over their domestic technology spheres, and perceived risks of foreign governments using investments and acquisitions to access sensitive data.
New Atlanticist Jan 27, 2020
Warring for the soul of the internet: Ten years on
By Trey Herr, Justin Sherman
The new reality is one where democracies must play a more assertive role to protect an open, free, fair, and secure internet, utilizing a strategy that recognizes the changes the internet has undergone, the pernicious influence of authoritarian states, and the role companies have in both protecting and fragmenting it. The internet can’t be brought back in time but there is hope, perhaps, that its original core values can be preserved in a new form through determined effort by its users, some companies, and the democratic states where the open web was born.
New AtlanticistOct 12, 2022
Experts react: The hits and misses in Biden’s new National Security Strategy
By Atlantic Council experts
We put the call out to our experts from across the Atlantic Council: Does this document deliver? What does it get right and what’s missing?
Justin Sherman is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, where his work focuses on internet geopolitics, governance, and security as well as Russian and Indian technology policy and strategy. He is also the founder and CEO of Global Cyber Strategies, a Washington, DC-based research and advisory firm; and a senior fellow at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where he leads its data brokerage research project and lectures on cybersecurity, privacy, and technology policy.
He is an advisor to the global Christchurch Call to Eliminate Terrorist & Violent Extremist Content Online, serves as the technology advisor to the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (STOP) in New York City, and writes a Slate op-ed column on technology and policy.
Prior to his current positions, he spent time at New America, the National Security Agency’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences, and the Tech, Law, & Security Program at American University Washington College of Law, among others. He was a fellow at Duke Law School’s Center on Law & Technology and a fellow at Stanford University’s US-Russia Forum, where he participated in Track II dialogues with Russian counterparts on international security issues. He co-founded Ethical Tech at Duke University and previously wrote a WIRED op-ed column on technology and geopolitics.
Justin has testified before Congress, spoken widely, and briefed White House officials, members of European Parliament, and many other policymakers around the world on technology, policy, and geopolitics issues. He has written hundreds of articles and numerous reports, book chapters, journal articles, and privately commissioned assessments and appeared on BBC, CNBC, Deutsche Welle, NPR, SHOWTIME, and many other national and international programs. His work has been featured on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”
He earned his MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University and his BS in Computer Science and his BA in Political Science from Duke University.