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Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Ukraine in a smartphone: Zelenskyy’s digital dream

President Zelenskyy has called for a digital revolution to transform Ukraine into a "country in a smart phone" but is greater e-government the answer to Ukraine's long struggle against corruption and dysfunction within state institutions?

UkraineAlert by Anatoly Motkin

Democratic Transitions Internet

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

A reason for skepticism with China’s coronavirus comms

As the novel coronavirus spreads across China and beyond its borders, the country’s government has struggled to maintain control over the flow of information to its citizens, who are increasingly showing their anger over the rapidly escalating situation. While presenting an image abroad of transparency and cooperation, China is simultaneously threatening journalists and detaining people who speak out on social media, the latest in its long history of attempting to maintain tight control over the facts to avoid domestic public scrutiny of a public health crisis.

Insights & Impact by Tessa Knight and Jacqueline Malaret

China Civil Society

Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Warring for the soul of the internet: Ten years on

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 Atlanticist by Trey Herr and Justin Sherman

Cybersecurity Internet

Mon, Dec 9, 2019

The race to secure 5G networks: Another Sputnik moment for the United States?

Another Sputnik moment could be upon us, but this time the threat comes from China. What is urgently needed is another “JFK like” moment where the president takes to the nation the fact that we are in a struggle the likes of which we have not seen before.

New Atlanticist by James L. Jones, Jr.

China Internet
Kremlin digital tools

Mon, Nov 18, 2019

The Kremlin augments its digital tools for cracking down on protesters

Violent police crackdowns are not the only tactic protesters in Russia can expect, as they have also been subject to an increasing use of digital technologies as tools for intimidation.

Article by Givi Gigitashvili

Conflict Disinformation

Thu, Oct 3, 2019

A digital agenda for the new European Commission: issues and opportunities

Under the outgoing European Commission of President Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Union has emerged as the regulatory superpower of the global digital economy. Early signs indicate Brussels will continue to leverage the power of the single market and its regulatory approach when a new Commission takes office in November 2019.

Blog Post by Jörn Fleck and Alex Baker

Digital Policy European Union

Wed, Oct 2, 2019

Europe’s new commission: The outlook for digital policy

A quick look at how the new European Commission will line up on digital policy.

New Atlanticist by Frances Burwell

Cybersecurity Digital Policy

Thu, Sep 12, 2019

US surveillance on trial in Europe: Will transatlantic digital commerce be collateral damage?

In this issue brief, Kenneth Propp, non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative, examines the existing transatlantic data-transfer mechanisms, the landmark court case that could invalidate them, and the divergent US and EU approaches to data transfers across borders and privacy standards.

Issue Brief by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy Europe & Eurasia
Operation Secondary Infektion

Sat, Jun 22, 2019

Operation Secondary Infektion

A Russian-based information operation used fake accounts, forged documents, and dozens of online platforms to spread stories.

Report by Nika Aleksejeva, Lukas Andriukaitis, Luiza Bandeira, Donara Barojan, Graham Brookie, Eto Buziashvili, Andy Carvin, Kanishk Karan, Ben Nimmo, Iain Robertson, and Michael Sheldon

Disinformation English

Wed, Jun 5, 2019

Dark Web 2.0?

We will likely see a smaller dark web orbiting around a sophisticated criminal core using newer, but less user-friendly, anonymization protocols, while other criminals will need to operate in plain sight on the clear web to reach less-savvy customers.

New Atlanticist by Jared Zimmerman

Cybersecurity Digital Policy