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
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
In this news-only episode, Nick Weaver and I muse over the outing of a GRU colonel for the nerve agent killings in the United Kingdom. I ask the question that is surely being debated inside MI6 today: Now that he’s been identified, should British intelligence make it their business to execute Col. Chepiga?
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
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
In Episode 226 of The Cyberlaw Podcast, Stewart departs for the wilderness, and the News Roundup team (Brian Egan with Matthew Heiman, Jim Lewis, and Dr. Megan Reiss) muddles through without him.
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
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
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
Episode 186: What Stephen Paddock Can Tell Us About 702 Reform Our interview is another in our series on section 702 reform, featuring Mieke Eoyang of the National Security Program at Third Way and Jamil Jaffer of George Mason University and IronNet Security. They begin with the history of the program but quickly focus on proposals… Continue Reading
Episode 171. Implants in the Kremlin’s Snack Machines? Our guest, Ellen Nakashima, was coauthor of a Washington Post article that truly is a first draft of history, though not a chapter the Obama administration is likely to be proud of. She and Greg Miller and Adam Entous chronicle the story of Russia’s information operations attack… Continue Reading
127: Vlad’s Cojones I know we promised to take August off, but I was inspired by the flap over the DNC hack and the fact that I’m at the Aspen Homeland Security Working Group meeting in Colorado. I waylaid two former intelligence community members on the Aspen campus and asked for their views on the… Continue Reading
How do you graduate as a conservative with two Harvard degrees? We learn this and much more from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), our guest for episode 96 . We dive deep with the Senator on the 215 metadata program and its USA FREEDOM Act replacement. We ask what the future holds for the 702 program, one… Continue Reading
Our guest commentator for episode 74 is Catherine Lotrionte, a recognized expert on international cyberlaw and the associate director of the Institute for Law, Science and Global Security at Georgetown University. We dive deep on the United Nations Group of Government Experts, and the recent agreement of that group on a few basic norms for… Continue Reading
Wow, that was quick. I haven’t even turned on the air conditioning at home yet, and already we’ve done the last podcast of the summer. The Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast will go on hiatus for August and return after Labor Day! This week in NSA: The Senate Judiciary Committee, the most anti-NSA of the Senate committees… Continue Reading
Our guest this week is Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), David Medine. We do a deep dive into the 702 program and the PCLOB’s report recommending several changes to it. Glenn Greenwald’s much-touted “fireworks finale” story on NSA may have fizzled, but this week David and I deliver sparks to… Continue Reading