Publications

Atrocities Prevention Experts Report Released with Concrete Recommendations for the Next Administration

Author(s): 
Beth Van Schaack
Publication Date: 
November 7, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

I have been honored to serve on a bipartisan Experts Committee on Preventing Mass Violence—convened by a coalition of human rights, religious, humanitarian, and peace organizations—for the purpose of generating a set of concrete recommendations around the atrocities prevention imperative for the next administration.

AT&T’s Plan to Control Media Won’t Let Freedom Ring

Author(s): 
Malkia A. Cyril
Publication Date: 
October 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

During an address to AT&T employees last month in Dallas, CEO Randall Stephenson called on those struggling with the words “Black Lives Matter” to not rebut with “all lives matter” and ignore the real need for change. They were powerful words from one of the nation’s biggest telecommunications providers. But, in the end, they were just words. Words that didn’t answer the critical, lingering question: Why now?

Opinion: How to fix an internet of broken things

Author(s): 
Scott Shackelford
Publication Date: 
October 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The massive distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack that paralyzed much of the web last week focused a bright spotlight on insecurities in the so-called Internet of Things.

Government Assessment of Innovation Shouldn’t Differ for Tech Companies

Author(s): 
Bryant Walker Smith
Publication Date: 
October 24, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

At the outset, it's not clear to me what Silicon Valley is and isn't — or why that matters. Companies like Google are often contrasted with companies like General Motors, and yet, according to an automotive industry group, automakers spend over $100 billion every year on research and development worldwide. R&D is a form of tech innovation. Energy companies, pharmaceutical firms and financial institutions are also technological powerhouses. Innovation is central to telecommunications, defense and health care.

It probably wasn’t Russia who attacked the Internet today. That’s what’s scary.

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 21, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

As users of Twitter and many other services probably know, large parts of the Internet weren’t working Friday, thanks to a hacking attack on the Internet’s infrastructure. NBC reported that a senior intelligence official told the network that the hack “does not appear at this point to be any kind of state-sponsored or directed attack.” It may be that new evidence emerges that leads the U.S.

How the Chris Hayes book Twilight of the Elites explains Trump's appeal

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
October 13, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Chris Hayes’s book Twilight of the Elites came out to respectful reviews and respectable sales in 2012, yet the book’s real moment is right now. Better than any other book, it explains why Donald Trump appeals to many voters, and why the political establishment has such a hard time understanding his success.

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