Tue, Feb 25, 2020

The evolution of the internet and geopolitics

The internet has been a pivotal force behind the growth of the global digital economy and altered the relationship among states, their citizens, and the private sector. These changes have disrupted the geopolitical balance of power and ushered in a new generation of globally-powerful multinational companies. However, new dynamics of conflict are threatening the internet as we know it.

New Atlanticist by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Internet

Fri, Feb 21, 2020

Sherman in WIRED: Governments Are Clamping Down On Foreign Tech Investments

In the News by Atlantic Council

Politics & Diplomacy Technology & Innovation
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Tue, Feb 18, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: February 18, 2020

A group of Twitter accounts linked to Venezuelan right-wing movements, such as Rumbo Libertad and Derecha Ciudadana, pushed hashtags not only against Nicolás Maduro but also against Juan Guaidó on Twitter. In some tweets, the group asked for military intervention and misleadingly claimed that Guaidó supported the Maduro regime.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela

Tue, Feb 18, 2020

Ukraine in a smartphone: Zelenskyy’s digital dream

President Zelenskyy has called for a digital revolution to transform Ukraine into a "country in a smart phone" but is greater e-government the answer to Ukraine's long struggle against corruption and dysfunction within state institutions?

UkraineAlert by Anatoly Motkin

Democratic Transitions Internet

Sun, Feb 16, 2020

Younus in his podcast “Pakistonomy,” episode 5: Kalsoom Lakhani

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Entrepreneurship

Fri, Feb 14, 2020

A hardline strategy toward China: a principles-based approach

Vision 2020 builds on the 2017 National Security Strategy and takes the offensive against the Chinese Communist Party’s Stealth War by focusing on the science, technology and economic superiority of America’s free society and that of her allies and partners.

Strategy Consortium by Robert Spalding

China Economy & Business
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Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Iranian digital influence efforts: Guerrilla broadcasting for the twenty-first century

This brief begins with a discussion of the modern Iranian state’s approach to information and information control. It proceeds to a history of the Iranian Internet. Next, it examines the evolution of Iranian digital influence operations, followed by a discussion of the broader information conflict in which they take place. The brief concludes by considering the future nature and intent of Iran’s clandestine digital activities.

Report by Emerson T. Brooking, Suzanne Kianpour

Conflict Disinformation
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Tue, Feb 11, 2020

#AlertaVenezuela: February 11, 2020

Rumors claiming that Juan Guaidó had given Donald Trump permission to lead a military intervention in Venezuela started to circulate while Guaidó was on an international tour to Europe and the Western Hemisphere. The claims amassed substantial engagement on social media, including a YouTube video that received more than 100,000 views.

#AlertaVenezuela by Atlantic Council's DFRLab

Disinformation Venezuela
3D Printing

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

In an era of great-power competition, procurement reform not more regulation for the defense industrial base

What strategic gains can DoD realize from being a better customer? Given the reluctance of the US commercial sector to engage in defense work and the speedy innovation of our rivals, reform is needed.

New Atlanticist by Tate Nurkin

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Handler in Lawfare: Election Security After Iowa

The Iowa caucus debacle showcased how unhinged conspiracies can inflict damage on democratic institutions that’s just as severe as more direct electoral manipulation—along with the risk posed by overblown electoral outrage. To the extent that Iowa was a dry run for more pernicious election security issues that might arise in the general election, just about everyone failed the test.

In the News by Simon Handler

Cybersecurity Elections


Mon, May 18, 2020

A transatlantic agenda for cloud & security

The Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative and PKO Bank Polski host a joint, one-day conference at the Sofitel Victoria in Warsaw, Poland.

9:00am Warszawa Poland

Wed, Feb 26, 2020

African aspirations: Launching the African Youth Survey

The Washington, DC launch of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation’s African Youth Survey, which endeavors to transform the global narrative on Africa.

3:30pm Washington DC