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Episode 285: ByteDance bitten by CFIUS

Posted in CFIUS, China, International

  We open the episode with David Kris’s thoughts on the two-years-late CFIUS investigation of TikTok, its Chinese owner, ByteDance, and ByteDance’s US acquisition of the lip-syncing company Musical.ly. Our best guess is that this unprecedented reach-back investigation will end in a more or less precedented mitigation agreement.

Episode 280: Challenging Edward Snowden

Posted in International

  In this episode I cross swords with John Samples of the Cato Institute on Silicon Valley’s efforts to disadvantage conservative speech and what to do about it. I accuse him of Panglossian libertarianism; he challenges me to identify any way in which bringing government into the dispute will make things better. I say government… Continue Reading

Episode 270: China’s cyber offense comes of age

Posted in CFIUS, Cloud Computing, International, Security Programs & Policies

  The theme this week is China’s growing confidence in using cyberweapons in new and sophisticated ways, as the US struggles to find an answer to China’s growing ambition to dominate technology. Our interview guest, Chris Bing of Reuters, talks about his deep dive story on Chinese penetration of managed service providers like HP Enterprise… Continue Reading

Episode 259: Why France understands Chinese policy better than the rest of us

Posted in AI, CFIUS, China, Cloud Computing, European Union, International, Russia

  Our News Roundup is hip deep in China stories. The inconclusive EU – China summit gives Matthew Heiman and me a chance to explain why France understands – and hates – China’s geopolitical trade strategy more than most. Maury Shenk notes that the Pentagon’s reported plan to put a bunch of Chinese suppliers on… Continue Reading

Episode 258: The death of Section 230

Posted in CFIUS, China, International, Russia

  Our News Roundup leads with the long, slow death of Section 230 immunity. Nick Weaver explains why he thinks social media’s pursuit of engagement has led to a poisonous online environment, and Matthew Heiman replays the astonishing international consensus that Silicon Valley deserves the blame – and the regulation – for all that ails… Continue Reading

Episode 257: How we know the North Korean Embassy break-in wasn’t the work of the CIA

Posted in Data Breach, International, Privacy Regulation

  In today’s News Roundup, Klon Kitchen adds to the North Korean Embassy invasion by an unknown group. Turns out some of the participants fled to the US and lawyered up, but the real tipoff about attribution is that they’ve given some of the data they stole to the FBI. That rules out CIA involvement… Continue Reading

Episode 251: Executive Orders and alien abductions

Posted in AI, CFIUS, China, European Union, International, Russia

  The backlash against Big Tech dominates the episode, with new regulatory initiatives in the US, EU, Israel, Russia, and China. The misbegotten link tax and upload filter provisions of the EU copyright directive have survived the convoluted EU legislative gantlet. My prediction: the link tax will fail because Google wants it to fail, but… Continue Reading

Episode 239: The Ministry of Silly Talk

Posted in CFIUS, China, International, Security Programs & Policies

  Today’s interview is a deep (and long – over an hour) dive into new investment review regulations for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). It’s excerpted from an ABA panel discussion on the topic, featuring: Tom Feddo, who currently oversees CFIUS; Aimen Mir, who used to oversee CFIUS; Sanchi Jayaram,… Continue Reading

Episode 235: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s … Doug?

Posted in CFIUS, China, European Union, Government Contracts, International, Security Programs & Policies

  Today we interview Doug, the chief legal officer of GCHQ, the British equivalent of NSA. It’s the first time we’ve interviewed someone whose full identify is classified. Out of millions of possible pseudonyms, he’s sticking with “Doug.” Listen in as he explains why. More seriously, Doug covers the now-considerable oversight regime that governs GCHQ’s intercepts… Continue Reading

Changes Afoot for CFIUS and US Export Controls as the Dust Settles on FIRRMA

Posted in CFIUS

After months of hearings and other deliberations, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law on August 13, 2018, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA). FIRRMA marks the first update to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) in over a decade and will considerably expand the jurisdiction… Continue Reading

Episode 228: Best idea yet for derailing the Kavanaugh nomination

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

Our guest for the interview is Noah Phillips, recently appointed FTC Commissioner and former colleague of Stewart Baker at Steptoe. Noah fields questions about the European Union, privacy, and LabMD, about whether Silicon Valley suppression of conservative speech should be a competition law issue, about how foreign governments’ abuse of merger approvals can be disciplined,… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Megan Stifel

Posted in China, European Union, International, Privacy Regulation, Russia

Episode 222: In which I get to play that guy in line for the movie with Woody Allen Our interview is with Megan Stifel, whose paper for Public Knowledge offers a new way of thinking about cybersecurity measures, drawing by analogy on the relative success of sustainability initiatives in spurring environmental consciousness. She holds up… Continue Reading

The Cyberlaw Podcast — Interview with Miles Brundage and Shahar Avin

Posted in Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, European Union

Episode 206:  The threat of evil AI from outer space – or maybe a lot closer to home Our interview features an excellent and mostly grounded exploration of how artificial intelligence could become a threat as a result of the cybersecurity arms race. Maury Shenk does much of the interviewing in London. He talks to Miles Brundage,… Continue Reading

CFIUS Reform: A Primer on the Key Changes Under Consideration

Posted in International

Key committees in the Senate and House have concluded initial hearings on the bill to reform the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 (FIRRMA). FIRRMA was introduced in the Senate and House by Senator Cornyn and Representative Pittenger with bipartisan cosponsors on November… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Glenn Gerstell

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

What is the most surprising discovery a law firm partner makes when he jumps to the National Security Agency?  I direct that and other questions at Glenn Gerstell, who has just finished six months in the job as General Counsel at the National Security Agency. In the news roundup, we begin, of course, with the… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with Elana Broitman and Shawn Cooley

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

We begin the podcast with This week in NSA, but how long that feature will survive is in doubt.  Because what’s most newsworthy this week is that there was practically no news about NSA.  Or at least no new scandal stories.  The principal new release came from the US government and consisted of a FISA… Continue Reading