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A Candid Discussion with Ron Deibert

A Candid Discussion with Ron Deibert

Ronald J. Deibert, is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Center for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs,at the University of Toronto. Dr. Deibert is also a co-founder and a principal investigator of the 

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Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

Strategic Stability in Cyberspace

The unclassified version of the 2013 Annual Report to Congress on the Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China provides a glimpse of the military build-up and capabilities of China in the second decade of the 21st century:
“The U.S. Department of Defense seeks to build a military-to-military relationship with …

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Jaws, Nuclear Weapons, and Cyber War

Jaws, Nuclear Weapons, and Cyber War

“It’s all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, ‘Huh? What?’ You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.” In the summer of 1975, the budding auteur, Steven Spielberg, created a virtual panic at America’s beaches with ingeniously crafted screen images of a certain …

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Well, what are we going to do with those cyber baddies

Well, what are we going to do with those cyber baddies

U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers chairs the House of Representatives’ panel on intelligence, which this week overwhelmingly approved a new cyber security bill designed to enhance data sharing between the government and private industry to protect computer networks and intellectual property from cyber attacks.
Yet the day before it passed, Rogers had …

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Cyber Espionage: Reducing Tensions Between China and the United States

Cyber Espionage: Reducing Tensions Between China and the United States

I appeared on the talk show “The Fresh Outlook” this weekend to discuss cybersecurity issues and China.  Here is a link to the video. I argued for a more nuanced, less panicky approach when dealing with China on this sensitive subject.
Here are some more thoughts:
The most …

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Cybersecurity: Top Challenges and Six Big Policy Action Ideas

Cybersecurity: Top Challenges and Six Big Policy Action Ideas

My colleague Dr. Greg Austin and I wrote a short discussion paper titled “Cybersecurity: Crime Prevention  or Warfare?”  for the 49th Munich Security Conference which took place this February in Munich, Germany. We identified some of the top challenges pertaining to cybersecurity …

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Cybersecurity and U.S. Foreign Policy: Five Questions with Professor Ronald Deibert

Cybersecurity and U.S. Foreign Policy: Five Questions with Professor Ronald Deibert

Ronald Deibert is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab and the University of Toronto.  He is a cofounder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor.  He is author of the Great Decisions 2012 …

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Has the United States Opened Itself to Cyber Attack?

Has the United States Opened Itself to Cyber Attack?

 
At risk of tooting the horn for my former employer, IEEE Spectrum magazine, I want to commend my former colleagues and fellow bloggers for sharply raising the question of whether the U.S. government considered the global consequences when it decided to unleash Stuxnet and, most likely, Flame as well. In …

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There’s “Flame,” But Where’s the Smoke?

There’s “Flame,” But Where’s the Smoke?

Upon hearing of Flame, the recently discovered computer malware sometimes described as the most insidious and sophisticated ever, one’s first thought is bound to be of Stuxnet. Upon discovery of that virus a year and a half ago, analyses by top cyber-security firms soon yielded smoking-gun proof that …

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