April 24, 2018
| James Andrew LewisThe U.S. Commerce Department’s anger at ZTE’s violations is understandable and justified, and it fits with the narrative of the Trump administration’s trade and technology dispute with China. But the results of these actions can be counterintuitive.
April 12, 2018
| James Andrew LewisAs Facebook is called to task for not preventing the Russians from using its platform against the United States, some have raised the question as to whether it is a monopoly and whether the solution to the problem is to break it up, as was done to Standard Oil or AT&T.
This is a new kind of conflict created by cyber capabilities, which give countries the ability to manipulate, coerce, and perhaps attack. In this new style of conflict, the issue is not will Russia attack, but how we push back harder to ensure that they do not.
AI is transforming society, business, and politics in ways that can appear incomprehensibly rapid and complicated. But with the right design, AI will give us the tools to cut through the fog to let us manage and benefit from this new disruption.
News that Chinese ANT Financial withdrew its proposals to acquire the US MoneyGram in the face of opposition from CFIUS was not a surprise. The tacit rejection of the ANT deal reflects reasonable concern by CFIUS over the risks of approval.
European governments are increasingly concerned with the falsehood, hate speech, and incitements to violence that populate cyberspace and social media. European officials now say to social media and Internet giants, regulate yourselves, or we will regulate you.
North Korea uses cyber attacks to advance its policy agenda; none of its actions has been capricious or haphazard. Though North Korea may use threats and coercive acts to pursue its larger policy goals, it will not do so at the expense of its own survival.