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The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Elsa Kania

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Episode 196: Did AlphaGo launch an arms race with China? In this episode, I interview Elsa Kania, author of a Center for a New American Security report on China’s plan for military uses of artificial intelligence – a plan that seems to have been accelerated by the asymmetric impact of AlphaGo on the other side… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Susan Hennessey and Andrew McCarthy

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Security Programs & Policies

Interview with Susan Hennessey and Andrew McCarthy Episode 195 features an interview with Susan Hennessey of Lawfare and Andrew McCarthy of the National Review.  They walk us through the “unmasking” of US identities in intelligence reports — one of the most divisive partisan issues likely to come up in the re-enactment of section 702 of… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Rob Reid

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, European Union, International

Episode 194: Mass Bioterrorism, Runaway Artificial Intelligence, and Other Romps with Rob Reid Our interview this week is with Rob Reid, author of After On and Year Zero, two books that manage to translate serious technology nightmares into science fiction romps.  We cover a lot of ground: synbio and giving eighth graders the tools for… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with David Ignatius

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, International

Episode 193:  David Ignatius and The Quantum Spy We celebrate the holiday season by interviewing David Ignatius, Columnist and Associate Editor at The Washington Post and the author of multiple spy thrillers, including his most recent, The Quantum Spy.  David and I discuss themes from the book, from quantum computing to ethnic and gender tensions… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Discussion with Michael Sulmeyer and Nicholas Weaver

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach

Episode 192: Discussion with Michael Sulmeyer and Nicholas Weaver With the Texas church shooting having put encryption back on the front burner, I claim that Apple is becoming the FBI’s crazy ex-girlfriend in Silicon Valley — and offer the tapes to prove it. When Nick Weaver rises to Apple’s defense, I point out that Apple responded… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Security Programs & Policies

Episode 190: Interview with United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse In our 190th episode Stewart Baker has a chance to interview United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has a long history of engagement with technology and security issues.  In this episode, we spend a remarkably detailed half-hour with him, covering the cybersecurity waterfront, from the FBI’s… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with United States Representative Tom Graves

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Episode 189: Hack Back in Black: Interviewing United States Representative Tom Graves about the ACDC act. Today’s bonus episode is an interview with Rep. Graves, co-sponsor of the Active Cyber Defense Certainty (ACDC) Act, which allows those whose networks are under persistent attack to leave their network to conduct investigative action. Rep. Graves offers a… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast – The Shane Roundup

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

Today’s news roundup features Shane Harris of the Wall Street Journal, Brian Egan, and Alan Cohn discussing stories that Shane wrote last week.  Out of the box, we work through the hall of mirrors that the Kaspersky hacking story has become. The Russian hacking story is biting more companies than just Kaspersky.  Turns out that… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Richard Danzig

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

Episode 183: North Korea’s Chances of Winning a 2040 Gold Medal in Basketball May Be Better than You Think Richard Danzig, former Navy Secretary and a serious defense and technology thinker, speaks to us about the technology tsunami and what it means for the Pentagon.  Among the risks:  lots more accidents, some of them catastrophic,… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast – Bonus Episode

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, Privacy Regulation

Episode 182: Attribution of Cyberattacks Episode 182 features a panel of experts on attribution of cyberattacks. I moderated the panel at the Georgia Tech 15th Annual Cyber Security Summit in Atlanta on September 27, 2017.  Panel members included Cristin Goodwin of Microsoft, Rob Knake of the Council on Foreign Relations, Hannah Kuchler of the Financial Times,… Continue Reading

Russian Cyber Sanctions – What you Need to Know

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

Steptoe’s International Regulation & Compliance group today authored an advisory entitled: “A Detailed Look at the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.” The advisory lays out President Trump’s newly signed Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act targeting Russia, North Korea, and Iran.  An excerpt detailing the implications of this new law on cybersecurity follows: The… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Jim Miller

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

In this episode, we interview Jim Miller, co-chair of a Defense Science Board panel that reported on how the US is postured for cyberconflict and the importance of deterrence. The short answer: deterring cyberconflict is important because our strategic cyberconflict posture sucks. The DSB report is thoughtful, detailed, and troubling. Jim Miller manages to convey… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Richard Ledgett

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Episode 173:  Interview with Richard Ledgett Today we deliver the second half of our bifurcated holiday podcast with an interview of Richard Ledgett, recently retired from his tour as NSA’s deputy director. We cover much recent history, from Putin’s election adventurism to questions about whether NSA can keep control of the cyberweapons it develops.  Along the… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – News Roundup

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation

172:  The Self-Referential Episode In this news-only episode, we cover the irresistible story of the week: Trump, Russia, and the Media.  It’s especially irresistible for us because we’ve had two of the protagonists on as guests.  I make the bold prediction that Shane Harris’s stories on Russia collusion and the Trump campaign will be seen as… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with David Sanger

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation, Uncategorized

168: Globalizing Censorship Episode 168 features the Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance of global censorship, as Filipino contractors earning minimum wage delete posts in order to satisfy US tech companies who are trying to satisfy European governments.  In addition to Maury Shenk, our panel of interlocutors includes David Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent for the New York Times, and Karen… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Kevin Mandia

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Data Breach, International

Episode 166 is the interview that goes with episode 165’s news roundup, released separately to ensure the timeliness of the news. In episode 166, we interview Kevin Mandia, the CEO and Board Director of FireEye, an intelligence-led security company.  FireEye recently outed a new cyberespionage actor associated with the Vietnamese government.  Kevin tells us how… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – News Roundup

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

Episode 165 is a WannaCry Festivus celebration, as The Airing of Grievances overtakes The Patching of Old Machines. Michael Vatis joins me in identifying all the entities who’ve been blamed for WannaCry, starting with Microsoft for not patching Windows XP until after the damage was done.  (We exonerate Microsoft on that count.) Another candidate for… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Susan Munro

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies, Uncategorized

Episode 163 With our sound system back on line, episode 163 is already a big step up from Lost Episode 162.  (Transcripts of 162 are available for those who wish by sending email to CyberlawPodcast@steptoe.com.) Our interview is with Susan Munro, of Steptoe’s Beijing office.  Susan unwinds the complex spool of cyberlaw measures promulgated by… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Michael Schmitt

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Episode 162: The Law of Armed Vibrators In this episode, I debate Michael Schmitt, a prime mover in two Talinn Manuals on international law and cyber operations. We are joined by an expert on the topic and a new Steptoe partner, Brian Egan, who was formerly the State Department legal adviser, among other accomplishments.  And… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast — News Roundup

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Security Programs & Policies

Episode 161: News Roundup In this episode, Alan Cohn and Maury Shenk look at questions in Europe and elsewhere in Stewart’s absence.  Maury delves into why Google was ordered to turn over foreign data accessible from US, a decision that seems at odds with the Microsoft Ireland case.  Alan considers claims made by David Sanger… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast — News Roundup with Julian Sanchez and Gus Hurwitz

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Privacy Regulation

Episode 160: News Roundup with Julian Sanchez and Gus Hurwitz This week the podcast features an extended news roundup with two guest commentators – Julian Sanchez of the Cato Institute and Gus Hurwitz of Nebraska Law School. We talk about the latest, mostly overhyped, Shadowbrokers dump, and whether Google Translate can be taught to render… Continue Reading