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Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Congressional Hearing – “U.S.-Iran Tensions: Implications for Homeland Security”

The Committee meeting examined the homeland security implications of the recent escalation in US-Iran tensions in the wake of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. Witnesses were given time to present opening statements to address possible retaliation followed by questions posed by committee members. Nonresident Senior Fellow Thomas S. Warrick presented four ways in which Iran threatens the homeland: terrorism, cyber-attacks, disinformation, and influence operations. Warrick underscored the imminent threat posed by Iranian cyber-attacks, “Mr. Chairman, the possibility of a terrorist attack by Iran here in the homeland is that, a possibility, but cyber-attacks are a certainty.”

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Defense Policy Digital Policy

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Digital tax talks continue as trade threats rise

Digital service taxes are one of the primary wedge issues in a larger transatlantic divide over digital policy. A tangible measure for politicians and the public alike, they could become one of the primary catalysts for the new European Commission’s quest for digital sovereignty.

Blog Post by Jörn Fleck, Alex Pieter Baker

Digital Policy European Union

Thu, Dec 19, 2019

Making Europe fit for the digital age

This focus on digital policy is embedded in a new economic strategy that represents a return to thinking in traditional European terms about an industrial strategy, one that would ensure that European companies face a “level-playing field” on their own continent but that also makes room for innovative European start-ups.

Blog Post by Frances Burwell

Digital Policy European Union

Fri, Dec 13, 2019

How the USMCA impacts transatlantic trade policy

The attention today rightly sits with the breakthroughs regarding the labor and environment provisions of the USMCA. But trade policy strategists in Europe and the United States should not delay in using the USMCA’s digital trade chapter as a catalyst to define new foundations for cross-border trade in data and services which will drive economic growth and innovation for the foreseeable future.

New Atlanticist by Barbara C. Matthews

Digital Policy European Union

Wed, Dec 11, 2019

Waving the flag of digital sovereignty

European leaders are feeling besieged again. Having spent the past several years building up Europe’s physical defenses against migrants, they now see themselves faced with a less tangible sort of invasion—US technology companies dominating their markets and vacuuming up the personal data of their citizens. And so the cry has gone up from Berlin, Brussels, and Paris: “Digital sovereignty!”

New Atlanticist by Kenneth Propp

Digital Policy European Union

Fri, Dec 6, 2019

Digital Policy Simulation – Paris, Berlin

On Tuesday, November 19, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Digital Marketplace Initiative organized a running of its Digital Policy simulation in Paris. This was co-organized with the Institut Montaigne, and hosted at Linedata Services. Institut Montaigne recruited about 20 players, a mix of tech and cybersecurity experts and national security analysts. On Thursday, November 21, the […]

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Digital Policy European Union

Tue, Dec 3, 2019

New protests expose widening rift between Iran’s regime and ‘the people’

Whether one is navigating past truckers driving along country roads, visiting underground parties in the capital, or holding heated debates with members of different political persuasions in cafes or shared taxis, Iran doesn’t feel like a totalitarian dictatorship.  Forty years after a violent revolution that overturned a small Western-oriented elite, Iranians remain irrepressible and irreverent—as […]

IranSource by Borzou Daragahi

Digital Policy Iran
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Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Iranians endure internet shutdown with despair and disarray

On November 16, 2019, the Iranian government shut down the Internet throughout the country following a decision to triple the price of fuel overnight.

IranSource by Khosro Kalbasi

Digital Policy Economy & Business

Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Hruby in the Financial Times: Africa should look to India for digital inspiration

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Africa Digital Policy

Tue, Oct 29, 2019

5G fears: The EU weighs its options

Spurred by US criticism of the Chinese telecom supplier Huawei, and especially its participation in 5G networks, the European Union began developing an approach to this key issue over the last year.

Blog Post by Frances Burwell

Digital Policy European Union