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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 277: Bankrupting National Security?

Posted in China, European Union, International

  Camille Stewart talks about a little-known national security risk: China’s propensity to acquire US technology through the bankruptcy courts and the many ways in which the bankruptcy system isn’t set up to combat improper tech transfers. Published by the Journal of National Security Law & Policy, Camille’s paper is available here. Camille has enjoyed… 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 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 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

Episode 231: Ah, September, when Europe unleashes a summer’s worth of crazy

Posted in European Union, International, Privacy Regulation

  Our interview this week is with Hon. Michael Chertoff, my former boss at Homeland Security and newly minted author of Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age. The conversation – and the book – is wide ranging and shows how much his views on privacy, data, and government have evolved in… Continue Reading

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – Interview with John Lynch

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

Back for a rematch, John Lynch and I return to the “hackback” debate in episode 97, with Jim Lewis of CSIS providing color commentary.  John Lynch is the head of the Justice Department’s computer crime section.  We find more common ground than might be expected but plenty of conflict as well.  I suggest that Sheriff… Continue Reading

Social Media Laws Can Be Positively Anti-Social

Posted in Privacy Regulation

According to Dan Balz’s new book, the Obama campaign had its employees and volunteers log onto the campaign’s “Dashboard” application using their Facebook accounts, which allowed the campaign to see each person’s Facebook friend list. The campaign would then match the friends’ names to other information the campaign had amassed showing which of those friends… Continue Reading

Facebook Log-In Overkill

Posted in Privacy Regulation, Security Programs & Policies

A few weeks ago, everyone agreed that the CFAA civil liability provisions were way overbroad, and the Senate judiciary committee proposed amending the CFAA to abolish CFAA liability for violating a website or webservice’s terms of service. That was the right decision; the unamended law essentially enforced commercial terms of service with criminal penalties. But… Continue Reading