Academic Writing

Information Attacks on Democracies

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 15, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Democracy is an information system.

That's the starting place of our new paper: “Common-Knowledge Attacks on Democracy.” In it, we look at democracy through the lens of information security, trying to understand the current waves of Internet disinformation attacks. Specifically, we wanted to explain why the same disinformation campaigns that act as a stabilizing influence in Russia are destabilizing in the United States. Read more about Information Attacks on Democracies

Hypocrisy is a useful tool in foreign affairs. Trump is too crude to play the game.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
November 5, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Trump administration’s response to it expose — among other things — the decay of one of America’s most crucial foreign policy assets: its ability to act hypocritically and get away with it. Read more about Hypocrisy is a useful tool in foreign affairs. Trump is too crude to play the game.

30 years ago, the world's first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
November 1, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Back in November 1988, Robert Tappan Morris, son of the famous cryptographer Robert Morris Sr., was a 20-something graduate student at Cornell who wanted to know how bigthe internet was – that is, how many devices were connected to it. Read more about 30 years ago, the world's first cyberattack set the stage for modern cybersecurity challenges

The Privacy Professional: A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Author(s): 
Omer Tene
Publication Date: 
October 25, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Hollywood writers could not have scripted it better. Merely a month before the implementation date of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May this year, a data protection scandal roils the world. A whistleblower reveals the leakage of personal data from Facebook through Cambridge Analytica to malevolent actors aiming to influence the U.S. presidential elections. What could possibly better illustrate the crucial role of GDPR in an age where data drives not only marketing and online commerce but also fateful issues for democracy and world peace? Read more about The Privacy Professional: A Modern Day Renaissance Man

Academic ideas are supposed to thrive on their merits. If only.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Allison C. Morgan, Dimitrios J. Economou, Samuel F. Way and Aaron Clauset are all scholars in the department of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They have just published an important new article about how ideas spread within the academy. I asked them a series of questions about their work. Read more about Academic ideas are supposed to thrive on their merits. If only.

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