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Cyber Statecraft Initiative

Working at the nexus of geopolitics and cybersecurity to craft strategies to help shape the conduct of statecraft and to better inform and secure users of technology.

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The post-COVID-19 world: GeoTech and the pandemic

Learn what the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center has done since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. View our video recaps. Read our analyses. Glean insights on how tech, data, and leadership can ensure the world gets through the pandemic and we build a better post-COVID-19 world together.

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Wed, Jul 1, 2020

Can AI and emerging tech boost African development?

The final roundtable of the Smart Partnerships Series focused on the African continent and how AI as well as other emerging technologies can be harnessed there for good.

Smart Partnerships Series by Julian Mueller-Kaler

Africa Americas

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

AI, an accelerator of change?

Two digital roundtables with India brought together high-level experts to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and geopolitics of emerging technologies in the South Asian country. While the first focused on AI and health, the second centered on Sino-Indian relations.

Smart Partnerships Series by Julian Mueller-Kaler

Americas China

Fri, Jun 26, 2020

What’s behind Russia’s decision to ditch its ban on Telegram?

For years, the Kremlin was involved in cat-and-mouse efforts to block the use of Telegram, the encrypted messaging app, within Russia. Concerns about Telegram stem from the Kremlin’s concerns about the internet in general. The app enables the free flow of information, and especially when that information is encrypted, as Telegram’s is, the Kremlin sees the state’s narratives, its law enforcement surveillance capabilities, and Russia’s culture and public sphere as under threat. On June 18, however, Russia’s internet and media regulator Roskomnadzor said that it’s ending requirements to restrict Telegram access.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Internet

Thu, Jun 25, 2020

Sherman quoted in Newsweek on U.S.-China cyber conflict

In the News

China Cybersecurity

Tue, Jun 23, 2020

Event recap: New approaches to trust in manufacturing

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and Nanotronics hosted Dr. Joseph Bonivel Jr., Subject Matter Expert at the US Department of Defense, Mr. Donald Codling, President of Codling Group International, Dr. Andrea Little Limbago, Vice President of Research and Analysis at Interos Inc., and Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Director of the CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University, for a virtual private round table about the future of trust in manufacturing. The event was co-hosted by Mr. Matthew Putman, Cofounder and CEO of Nanotronics, and Dr. David Bray, Director of the GeoTech Center at the Atlantic Council.

Event Recap by Henry Westerman

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Mon, Jun 22, 2020

Baseball and cybersecurity: Stealing insights from America’s pastime

Whether you have played, watched, hated, or never heard of baseball, lessons from the sport can be applied to many things in life—including cybersecurity. Cyber Statecraft Initiative experts go CSI5x5 to draw parallels between America’s pastime and today’s cybersecurity issues.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation

Mon, Jun 15, 2020

The reverse cascade: Enforcing security on the global IoT supply chain

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the increasing convergence of the physical and digital worlds and it affects us all. Hundreds of “things” are being connected to the Internet and each other, with more than fifty billion devices expected to be connected by 2030. Many IoT devices are manufactured abroad at low cost with little consideration for security. How can we secure these devices, especially those manufactured outside the United States?

In-Depth Research & Reports by Nathaniel Kim, Trey Herr, and Bruce Schneier

Cybersecurity Internet of Things

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Sherman quoted in Marketplace on Zoom and censorship

In the News

Cybersecurity Technology & Innovation

Thu, Jun 11, 2020

Two Chinese telecoms attempt to mollify FCC’s security concerns

The main claim of the Pacific Networks and ComNet response tot he FCC is that “the Companies are not ‘wholly-owned’ by the Chinese government and operate independently and without ‘exploitation, influence, and control’ of the Chinese government.

New Atlanticist by Justin Sherman

China Cybersecurity

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

Russian cyberattack on Georgia shows why the US should pass the Georgia Support Act

The US Senate could take a significant step toward helping its vulnerable ally by passing the Georgia Support Act and ensuring its provisions are met. The multitude of statements supporting Georgia and condemning the Russian attacks are, of course, a politically positive message for Georgia—but to think statements can change or deter the Kremlin’s behavior is beyond naïve. Concrete actions, such as the passage and signing of H.R.598 into law, would be a message of support backed with real weight.

New Atlanticist by George Tsereteli

Cybersecurity Security Partnerships