Time for a Cyber-Attack Exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act

Recently, a federal judge in New York dismissed the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) civil lawsuit against Russia, Wikileaks, and others stemming from the 2016 cyber-attack on the DNC. While much of the media attention has focused on the judge’s decision that, under the First Amendment, Wikileaks and other “second-level participants” could not be held liable […]

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Tech Companies Must Fight White Supremacy, Regardless of Political

With lives on the line, tech companies must work to thwart violent white supremacist activity. They should act with clarity, consistency and transparency, all while affording appeal rights.

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The Coming Automation of Propaganda – War on the Rocks

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a thousand bots screaming from a human face – forever (apologies to George Orwell). As U.S. policymakers …

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How to Create a Terrorism Designation Process Useful to Technology

Technology companies and civil society should work together to develop a vetted list of terrorist groups that should be banned and otherwise blocked from using their platforms

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Trump’s Encouraging QAnon May Result in Violence—Just ask the FBI

That was August 1st.

Newly revealed FBI memo warns about conspiracy theories’ causal connection to extremist violence.

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Read the CIA’s SECRET briefing on the 1975 Oktoberfest

“No record was kept of how many soft pretzels were eaten.”

An October 17, 1975 edition of the Central Intelligence Agency’s “Staff Notes” publication, formerly classified SECRET, offered regional specialists with the latest intelligence from Western Europe. While some of the topics covered warrant the hush-hush nature of the classification, some secrecy, like that around an attendance briefing at the 1975 Munich Oktoberfest, is less convincing.

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FBI claims to have lost most of its files on Stormfront

Back in 2016, Emma Best filed a FOIA request for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on the infamous white supremacist website Stormfront. After two and half years of processing, the FBI finally responded, releasing just 104 pre-processed pages. What’s more, according to the cover letter accompanying the release, there were additional records, but the Bureau simply couldn’t find them.

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Inside the shadowy world of spyware makers that target activists and dissidents

There’s some new competition for NSO, the Israeli company which boasts of its ability to take over phones and computers on behalf of high-paying government clients: Dozens upon dozens of spyware firms that offer a range of surveillance options.

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