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Episode 265: Cheapfakes and the end of blackmail

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

  Paul Rosenzweig leads off with This Week in China Tech Fear – an enduring and fecund feature in Washington these days. We cover the Trump Administration’s plan to blacklist up to five Chinese surveillance companies, including Hikvision, for contributing to Uighur human rights violations in the West of China, DHS’s rather bland warning that… Continue Reading

Episode 264: Unpacking the Supreme Court’s decision in Pepper v. Apple

Posted in China, European Union, International, Security Programs & Policies

  We begin this episode with a quick tour of the Apple antitrust decision that pitted two Trump appointees against each other in a 5-4 decision. Matthew Heiman and I consider the differences in judging styles that produced the split and the role that 25 years of “platform billionaires” may have played in the decision.

Episode 262: Udderly indefensible facial recognition scandal may drive new privacy mooovement

Posted in China, International, Privacy Regulation

  Have the Chinese hired American lawyers to vet their cyberespionage tactics – or just someone who cares about opsec? Probably the latter, and if you’re wondering why China would suddenly care about opsec, look no further than Supermicro’s announcement that it will be leaving China after a Bloomberg story claiming that the company’s supply… 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 256: National Bloviation Strategy

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

  I know. That could be any national strategy written in the last 15 years. And that’s the point. In our interview, Dr. Amy Zegart and I discuss the national cyber strategy and what’s wrong with it, along with the culture clash between DOD and Silicon Valley (especially Google), and whether the Mueller report should… Continue Reading

Episode 255: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery: Russia and China revamp their military technologies

Posted in China, International, Russia

  In our interview, Elsa Kania and Sam Bendett explain what China and Russia have learned from the American way of warfighting – and from Russia’s success in Syria. The short answer: everything. But instead of leaving us smug, I argue it ought to leave us worried about surprise. Elsa and Sam both try to… Continue Reading

Episode 252: In the cyber adversary Olympics, it’s Russia for the gold and North Korea (!) for the silver

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  We interview Dmitri Alperovitch of CrowdStrike on the company’s 2019 Global Threat Report, which features a ranking of Western cyber adversaries based on how long it takes each of them to turn a modest foothold into code execution on a compromised network. The Russians put up truly frightening numbers – from foothold to execution… Continue Reading

Episode 248: Tomayto, Tomahto: Right to be Forgotten Meets Right to Die

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

  If the surgeon about to operate on you has been disciplined for neglecting patients, wouldn’t you like to know? Well, the mandarins of the European Union privacy lobby beg to differ. Google has been told by a Dutch court not to index that story, and there seems to have been a six-month lag in… Continue Reading

Episode 245: “Pay no attention to the guns, the flashbang, and the handcuffs. You’re free to go at any time.”

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

  Nate Jones, David Kris, and I kick off 2019 with a roundup of the month of news since we took our Christmas break. First, we break down the utterly predictable but undismissable Silicon Valley claim that the administration’s new export control strategy will hurt the emerging AI industry.

Episode 243: Tech World Turned Upside Down Down Under

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International

  In the News Roundup, Nick Weaver and I offer very different assessments of Australia’s controversial encryption bill. Nick’s side of the argument is bolstered by Denise Howell, the original legal podcaster, with 445 weekly episodes of This Week in Law to her credit. Later in the program, I interview Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), who’s… Continue Reading

Episode 242: Nobody Trolls Like the Russians

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

  This episode features an interview with Michael Tiffany, the co-founder and president of White Ops and a deep student of how to curtail adtech fraud. Michael explains the adtech business, how fraudsters take advantage of its structure, and what a coalition of law enforcement and tech companies did to wreck one of the most… 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 238: Bold Prediction Episode: Foreign governments will not hack this election

Posted in China, International, Security Programs & Policies

  This episode puts our experts on the spot with an election-eve question: Will foreign governments attack US electoral rolls or vote-counting machinery in 2018? Remarkably, no one on our panel (Matthew Heiman, Nick Weaver, David Kris, and I) thinks they will. So if you want cybersecurity news, you can stop listening to election coverage… Continue Reading

Episode 237: I’d Like to Teach the World to Troll, in Perfect Harmony!

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

  The theme of this week’s podcast seems to be the remarkable reach of American soft power: Really, we elect Donald Trump, and suddenly everybody’s trolling. The Justice Department criminally charges a Russian troll factory’s accountant, and before David Kris can finish explaining it, she’s on YouTube, trolling the prosecutors with a housewife schtick. She’s… 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

Episode 234: The California Turing Test

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, International, Russia

  Bloomberg Businessweek’s claim that the Chinese buggered Supermicro motherboards leads off our News Roundup. The story is controversial not because it couldn’t happen and not because the Chinese wouldn’t do it but because the story has been denied by practically everyone close to the controversy, including DHS. Bloomberg Businessweek stands by the story. Maybe… Continue Reading

Episode 232: “I’m afraid you can’t say that, Dave.” Will AI save the Internet from Vladimir Putin – and Matt Drudge?

Posted in AI, China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, European Union, International, Russia

  Our guest is Peter W. Singer, co-author with Emerson T. Brooking of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Peter’s book is a fine history of the way the Internet went wrong in the Age of Social Media. He thinks we’re losing the Like Wars, and I tend to agree. It’s a deep conversation that turns contentious… Continue Reading

Thinking the unthinkable about responding to cyberattacks

Posted in China, Cybersecurity and Cyberwar, Russia

We need better, more aggressive options to deter cyberattacks, since the ones we’ve come up with so far are clearly not deterring our adversaries. I would like to inspire more ambition, aggressiveness, and creativity in the American response. As the first stage in that effort, here’s an op-ed I published recently in the Washington Post: The… Continue Reading