Emily Taylor, WorldPoliticsReview

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Past articles by Emily:

China Is Borrowing a Page From Russia’s Disinformation Playbook

In the pantheon of state-led cyber operations, Russia has historically led when it comes to disinformation and sowing social discord, while China was traditionally associated with intellectual property theft. There are signs that is changing, though, with China reportedly stepping up its disinformation campaigns on social media. → Read More

Internet Tech Standards Are the Next Human Rights Battleground

In the past few years, public awareness has grown about the race currently underway to dominate the development and deployment of new technologies. This isn’t only a race, however, to lock in the trade advantages that come with tech dominance. It is also a race to shape our societies and the values by which we live. → Read More

Commercial Shipping Is the Next Cybersecurity Challenge

A series of attacks in recent weeks on commercial shipping, unofficially attributed to Iran, highlight the sector’s vulnerability to asymmetric tactics, including cyberattacks. They also show how Iran is using cyberattacks to demonstrate its capabilities and signal what to expect from the new political leadership in Tehran. → Read More

Apple’s Sudden Move on Child Safety Rekindles the Debate Over Encryption

Last Friday, Apple announced that it was implementing measures to combat the distribution of child sexual abuse media on its services. The move surprised commentators in both the tech and human rights communities, and there was a predictable torrent of criticism from both ends of the policy spectrum. → Read More

Regulating the Global Spyware Market Won’t Be Easy

There are many layers to the NSO Pegasus spyware scandal: the human cost, the murky ethics of selling powerful spy tools to states with poor human rights records, and the complexities of trying to regulate the global market for such software. They all point to a challenge that will be with us for some time. → Read More

A Year After 5G Ban on Huawei, UK Is Still Incoherent on China and Tech

Once again, the U.K. appears to be out of step with its closest ally on chips and China, this time over the sale of a semiconductor factory to a CCP-linked company. The inconsistent approach undercuts the U.K.’s national security positioning and could reawaken tensions with the U.S. on policy toward China and technology. → Read More

Balancing Privacy and Data Access in the Fight Against Cybercrime

Trusted DNS data, or the personal registration data relating to owners of domain names or websites, is an integral part of tackling cybercrime and protecting intellectual property rights online. Yet policy discussions over these issues give a fraction of the attention to the domain name system as they do to social media. → Read More

Biden’s European Tour Highlighted Cyber Attacks, Critical Infrastructure

The “normal” that U.S. President Joe Biden exuded throughout his recent European trip felt like a relief after the past four years. For cyber-watchers, the tour marked the sector’s definitive transition into primetime, up there as a major international threat alongside climate change, nuclear proliferation and the pandemic. → Read More

In Programming, Women and Diversity Must Be a Priority

We should care about low levels of diversity in the professional developer workforce because technology is creeping insidiously into every aspect of our lives and is even increasingly making decisions for us. Improving diversity and inclusion in these problematic areas, however, will require taking proactive measures. → Read More

After Colonial Cyber Attack, Critical Infrastructure Is in the Spotlight

Action is urgently needed to improve the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure—and to bring the criminal gangs responsible for ransomware attacks to justice. But there are seemingly irreconcilable conflicts between the pressures felt by targeted organizations and the public policy goals that could drive change. → Read More

Proposed EU AI Regulation Lays Down a Marker on Ethics, AI

Will AI benefit humanity through medical and environmental advances or enable a more perfect form of authoritarianism and mass surveillance? A lot depends on how it is regulated. With that in mind, the EU published proposals intended to harmonize regulation of AI across the bloc, but with global implications. → Read More

To Prevent a Splinternet, the West Doubles Down on Digital Standards

What is it with technical standards these days? Suddenly, this closed and unwelcoming world populated by guys with shirt-pocket protectors working on incomprehensible documents thick with unexplained acronyms is today’s hot internet governance topic. A recent report on a Chinese “future internet” pilot study provides a clue as to why. → Read More

On Cybersecurity, U.S. Considers Its Response to Chinese Cyber Attacks

The U.S. had barely begun its recovery from the SolarWinds compromise when another large-scale cyberattack, this one attributed to a Chinese state-sponsored group, came to light in January, presenting the Biden administration with a dilemma: How to react appropriately without derailing an already fraught U.S.-China relationship. → Read More

Biden’s Sanctions Targeting Russian Cyber Behavior Could Backfire

Last week, the Biden administration imposed economic sanctions on Russia in response to an act of cyber espionage. It seems that the U.S. is finally getting serious about standing up to Russian cyber behavior. But from the perspective of international law, the move is controversial and could potentially backfire. → Read More

For US Intelligence, Threats Abound in Global Trends 2040

Every four years, the U.S. intelligence community, led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, publishes its Global Trends report looking ahead 20 years into the future. As efforts to identify far-off threats, the reports usually make for gloomy reading. This year’s “Global Trends 2040” report is no exception. → Read More

Japan-UK Relations Are Crucial to London’s ‘Global Britain’ Ambitions

A prominent element of the U.K.’s Integrated Review is its “tilt” toward the Indo-Pacific. While the planned deployment of the U.K.’s aircraft carrier to the region is newsworthy, there is a lot more complexity beneath the surface of this eastward pivot. One feature, in particular, is the U.K.’s relationship with Japan. → Read More

The Story of the U.K.’s Track and Trace App, and Other Pandemic Failures

As the U.K. takes its first steps out of a five-month lockdown, Britons are proud of the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program. Before the vaccine, there was the app, which the British government promised would be “world beating.” Like many other aspects of its pandemic policies, that claim didn’t age well. → Read More

How COVID, Climate Change and Trump Created a Global Chip Shortage

Last week, Samsung announced that the rollout of its new Galaxy Note would be delayed, warning of a “serious imbalance” in the chip industry. It’s just the latest impact of a global shortage in the supply of semiconductor chips, caused by a unique combination of the coronavirus, climate change and Donald Trump. → Read More

A Breakthrough for U.N. Governance of Cyberspace

A working group within the U.N., comprising all 193 of its member states, just adopted a consensus report on norms for responsible state behavior in cyberspace. While the report itself represents fairly limited progress, in terms of its contents, the consensus is significant in a field wrought with division. → Read More

Techno-Nationalism Threatens the Internet Itself

“Keep the politics out of the network”—that was the mantra of the tech community back in the day. But today, controversies over 5G networks, and especially China’s Huawei, have demonstrated how far geopolitics have infected digital infrastructure. The latest tensions are now over undersea cables. → Read More