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Alec Ross

Sony Hack Attacks Presage New Warfare: The Weaponization of Code

Alec Ross | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Alec Ross

What is important is that these hacks presage what is going to happen for years to come and at far greater cost than what is being imposed on Sony. The weaponization of code is the most significant development in warfare since the weaponization of fissile material.

Governments as Partners in Innovation

Kathy Kemper | Posted 05.17.2014 | Technology
Kathy Kemper

25 years ago, a British computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee drafted a memo to his colleagues at CERN that outlined a new way of managing information; that document was the foundation for what we now call the Internet.

Russia's Cyber-Weapons Hit Ukraine: How to Declare War Without Declaring War

Alec Ross | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Alec Ross

Today, utilizing cyber weapons falls into the category of largely being accepted (even if unhappily) as part of how countries exercise their power while falling short of the line of armed conflict treated as an act of war.

Hillary, Foreign Policy, and the all-American Superbowl

John Brown | Posted 04.06.2013 | World
John Brown

One false way to convince "people" the world over (including in our very own USA) that you're "doing something" when you actually have nothing to do/decide upon, is to be "on the move," with the complacent media, eager for any story, "reporting" on your "new initiative."

U.S. Diplomat Peter Van Buren Speaks About American Public Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
John Brown

"Any communications strategy plays second to reality. So as long as deaths from misplaced drone attacks, atrocities by soldiers and videos of Abu Ghraib exist, you are not going to fool anyone regardless of how many tweets you send out."

Do SOPA and PIPA Conflict With State Dept.'s Global Internet Freedom Goals?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 03.20.2012 | World
Corbin Hiar

If done wrong, anti-piracy legislation could restrict the rights of Internet users across the country -- and put U.S. diplomats in a very awkward position.

The Revelation of Relevance

Mehret Mandefro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mehret Mandefro

What can Tunisa and Egypt teach us about access, control, and the amazing things that happen when people have data connection?

Alec Ross' Odd Tweet About 21st Century Statecraft

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Andrew Rosen

We continue to hear about the country's positive scientific developments, including the winner of the most recent Apps for Africa contest. But we should also be hearing as much as about the setbacks.

Messy Digital Diplomacy

Andrew Rosen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Andrew Rosen

To date, the Web has not proven to be a hospitable ground for the State Department's efforts to bring the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley and Web 2.0 to the outdated world of U.S. diplomacy.

People Really Making Government Work

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

There are a lot of really good people getting a lot done in Washington, making government work, and giving a good return for the taxpayer dollar.

Taking the Me From Social Media

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Mayhill Fowler

In the last month, a prominent journalist and two State Department spokesmen have fallen afoul of the tweet. Similarly, Dave Weigel lost his job over a few emails. The fates of these four are a reminder of the perils of social media.

Obama's "Naughty" and "Nice" Takes On The Internet

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Art Brodsky

No one likes "piracy," but Biden's over-the-top meeting put so much of a focus on the issue, and pandered so much to the assembled multitudes that it lacked any credibility whatsoever.

The New Media Epiphany

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Two years ago, I had a personal epiphany at the Personal Democracy Forum: New media could change everything... From communications to politics to culture. At PDF '09: more revelations.

TwitNotes from #PDF09

Eric Kuhn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Kuhn

Over 1,000 people descended upon the annual Personal Democracy Forum earlier this week. Here are some of my notes -- taken on Twitter, of course -- from the two day conference.

Terrific News: Alec Ross to Advise Clinton/State Department on Tech & Innovation

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig Newmark

I've worked with Alec. He'll really help the US work more effectively with the world. This is for real.