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Protecting a Free and Open Internet: My testimony before the House Commerce Committee

The free movement of data across borders is critical to economic growth, has benefits for data security, and promotes privacy, speech, and associational rights.  Yet, increasingly states are adopting a range of measures that restrict data flows to the United States and elsewhere and adopting costly data localization mandates, pursuant to which companies must store data locally.   continue »

It’s Time to Pass Legislation Governing a Key Part of the Government’s Hacking Policy

An example of the splash screen from the Petya malware that was suspected of relying on an exploit developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.

It’s well known that government is in the computer hacking business and, we would argue, that under the right circumstances, has legitimate reasons to stay in it.…   continue »

Norms Watch: Democracy, the Trump Administration, and Reactions to It (September 22-September 29)

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THE PRESS AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE

Trump again stirs up racial divisions, this time by weighing in on NFL stars’ protests.

 

All About That Base: Trump Goes To War With NFL Over Racial Justice Protests

Trump spent this past weekend stirring up racial divisions in a sustained attack on NFL players kneeling in protest during the pre-game national anthem that was reportedly a deliberate nod to his electoral base.  continue »

The Jones Act and Puerto Rico: ‘National Security’ Protectionism

A container ship is seen docked at the port of San Juan as people deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on September 25, 2017 in San Juan Puerto Rico.

As Puerto Rico faces the ordeal of recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria, its ability to import supplies is being curtailed by an arcane law that has long bedeviled the American island: The Jones Act.…   continue »

Climate Change and Arctic Security: Five Key Questions Impacting the Future of Arctic Governance

The day-to-day news cycle focuses on critically important national security issues, such as North Korea saber rattling, the ongoing Russia investigation, or whatever else happens to be the national security topic du jour. This flood of daily national security news makes it difficult to take a step back from the day-to-day news cycle and look at the broader security and geopolitical trends that are taking place—but that is exactly what climate change and its corresponding security impacts demand.…   continue »

Norms Watch: Democracy, the Trump Administration, and Reactions to It (Aug 25-Sept 1)

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RULE OF LAW

Trump’s pardon of Arizona’s former sheriff Joe Arpaio raises questions about the rule of law.

Trump Pardons Joe Arpaio

Last Friday Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff convicted of criminal contempt for continuing in his hunt of undocumented immigrants even after his policies were found to be unconstitutional.  continue »

Opponents of Closing Sec. 702’s Backdoor Search Loophole are Distorting How the Fix Works

With less than five months to go until Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) expires, we still do not have a clear path forward to a reauthorization that would also address the law’s substantial problems.  A major reason for this is an impasse on what to do about the law’s most significant flaw: that it permits the government to seek out the content of Americans’ communications that have been swept up through Section 702 without any suspicion of wrongdoing, let alone a warrant, a problem known as “the backdoor search loophole.” Unfortunately, opponents of reforming the loophole have either failed to understand how the proposed fix to the loophole would actually work, or are describing it inaccurately in an effort to discredit reform.…   continue »