Joint Artificial Intelligence Center: An Opportunity for Transparency

Stylized representation of Joint All Domain Command and Control. Photo Credit: Raytheon Intelligence and Space. In 2018, the Department of Defense (DoD) set up the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) to consolidate the DoD’s artificial intelligence R&D projects under one organization. The JAIC is currently responsible for over 30 projects with broad applications, including battlefield … Continue reading Joint Artificial Intelligence Center: An Opportunity for Transparency

The Argument for A Democratic Public Health Surveillance Program

A CDC scientist pipetting specimens in one of the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratories, located in Atlanta, GA. Photo Credit: Public Health Image Library. Minimizing the spread of coronavirus has been at the forefront of leaders’ and policymakers’ efforts since the onset of the pandemic. Evidently, the benefits of mass surveillance … Continue reading The Argument for A Democratic Public Health Surveillance Program

The Europe Desk Interview: Audrey Kurth Cronin on Counterterrorism and Emerging Technologies

Audrey Kurth Cronin. Photo Credit: Audrey Kurth Cronin/Twitter. In March, Audrey Kurth Cronin, professor of international security in the School of International Service at American University, sat down for an interview with Emily Traynor Mayrand and Alistair Somerville from The Europe Desk podcast at Georgetown’s BMW Center for German and European Studies. She is an … Continue reading The Europe Desk Interview: Audrey Kurth Cronin on Counterterrorism and Emerging Technologies

Royal Hubris: The Hacking of Jeff Bezos and the Future of Regulating the Cyber Domain

Jeff Bezos and Mohammed bin Salman at a 2016 meeting. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS), the Crown Prince and effective ruler of Saudi Arabia, made a strategic error that could limit his nation’s access to cyber capabilities by spying on the richest person in the United States. While hacking political dissidents and … Continue reading Royal Hubris: The Hacking of Jeff Bezos and the Future of Regulating the Cyber Domain

Revisit The Case for Lawful Hacking: A Path to the Going Dark Debate

A stylized image of computer code. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons. During the 37th Meeting of the INTERPOL Specialists Group on Crimes against Children in France earlier this month, US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials presented a draft resolution calling for “lawful access” to encrypted data “enabled or facilitated by [providers … Continue reading Revisit The Case for Lawful Hacking: A Path to the Going Dark Debate

Space-Based Solutions for Closing the Arctic Digital Divide

The ISS flies over the Earth at night. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons. The Arctic is rapidly becoming more accessible due to climate change, bringing with it increased human activity in the form of resource exploration, shipping, tourism, and scientific research. All of this necessitates adequate connectivity capabilities. However, such communications infrastructure development in the polar … Continue reading Space-Based Solutions for Closing the Arctic Digital Divide

The Need for A Federal AI Supervisory Task Force is More Urgent than Ever

A stylized image representing AI. Photo Credit: Flikr/Mike MacKenzie. The US government must establish a special taskforce that tests and sanctions the release of diverse artificial intelligence (AI) products rolled out by Silicon Valley giants to reduce national security or physical security risks of new AI technologies. The potentially damaging effect of AI on society … Continue reading The Need for A Federal AI Supervisory Task Force is More Urgent than Ever

Real Minds Gather to Discuss Artificial Intelligence at the Kalaris Intelligence Conference

Sue Gordon, Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, speaking at the Kalaris Conference. Photo Credit: GSSR/Hunter Price. Academics, government officials, and private sector members descended upon Gaston Hall on September 25, 2019 for the Georgetown University Center for Security Studies’ (CSS) and Center for Security and Emerging Technology’s (CSET) annual Kalaris Intelligence Conference. Together, … Continue reading Real Minds Gather to Discuss Artificial Intelligence at the Kalaris Intelligence Conference

Estonia’s Digital Embassies and the Concept of Sovereignty

An e-Estonia display. Photo Credit: E-Estonia. INTRODUCTION I have previously covered e-Estonia and the strategic risks Estonia’s e-government platforms pose for Estonian and NATO cybersecurity by presenting a ready center of gravity for adversarial cyber operations.[i] That risk is calculated against the revolutionary benefits that e-governance has brought Estonia, making the country’s administration incredibly flexible, … Continue reading Estonia’s Digital Embassies and the Concept of Sovereignty

The Polyopticon: Data Gathering and State Technopower

A panopticon-inspired prison. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Introduction The world is on the cusp of a fourth industrial revolution.[i] This revolution is driven by the increased connectivity, reactivity, and converging nature of modern technologies. It is enabled by constant data-streams analyzed through ultramodern techniques, which allow vendors to immediately integrate analysis into product and service … Continue reading The Polyopticon: Data Gathering and State Technopower