Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (26 May 2021)

Subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want updates on global technology developments four times a week. Other Developments Image by kalhh from Pixabay The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in three cases filed “following revelations by Edward Snowden concerning the electronic surveillance programmes operated by the intelligence services of the United … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (26 May 2021)

FISA Reauthorization Still Pending

First, subscribe to my newsletter, The Wavelength, if you want all the content on my blog delivered to your inbox four times a week. More than a year after Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorities expired, there are no clear plans for Congress to reauthorize these provisions Twitter The received wisdom in Washington was a … Continue reading FISA Reauthorization Still Pending

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (7 May 2021)

Other Developments The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) published a “Report on the SolarWinds Cyber Espionage Attack and Institutions’ Response.” The NYDFS stated:The report summarizes the SolarWinds Attack, the response by DFS-regulated companies, and key measures to prevent or mitigate against future supply chain attacks.    The Department found that DFS-regulated companies generally responded … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (7 May 2021)

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (28 April 2021)

Other Developments The United Kingdom’s (UK) Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden indicated that the British government would intervene to possibly stop the acquisition of a British semiconductor manufacturer. NVIDIA Corporation had proposed to buy ARM Limited (ARM) from SoftBank in $40 billion deal. Dowden wrote the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) “to inform them of his … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (28 April 2021)

A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

The IC updates Congress on worldwide threats, and the Biden Administration responds to Russian hacks and election interference. On the second day the leaders of the United States (U.S.) Intelligence Community (IC) were testifying before Congress on the global threat landscape, the Biden Administration ratchets up the sanctions on the Russian Federation for the SolarWinds … Continue reading A Grim Picture and To Russia With Love

Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Other Developments The White House has finally named its nominees to be the first National Cyber Director and the next Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director. In a statement, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan announced that President Joe Biden’s intention “to nominate Chris Inglis as National Cyber Director and Jen Easterly as the Director … Continue reading Other Developments, Further Reading, and Coming Events (13 April 2021)

Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (8 February 2021)

Further Reading “‘A kiss of death’: Top GOP tech critics are personae non gratae after election challenge” By Cristiano Lima — Politico. I take these articles with a block of salt, not least of which because many inside the Beltway articles lack perspective and a sense of history. For sure, in the short term the … Continue reading Further Reading, Other Developments, and Coming Events (8 February 2021)

Preview of Senate Democratic Chairs

It’s not clear who will end up where, but new Senate chairs will change focus and agenda of committees and debate over the next two years. With the victories of Senators-elect Rafael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA), control of the United States Senate will tip to the Democrats once Vice President-elect Kamala Harris (D) … Continue reading Preview of Senate Democratic Chairs

IC Concedes PATRIOT Act Used To Collect Browsing

The top U.S. intelligence official admits the PATRIOT Act has been used to surveil a website and its visitors. This admission could result in a narrowing of FISA to stop this and related practices. In a follow-on letter to correct his previous letter the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) acknowledged the Federal Bureau of Investigation … Continue reading IC Concedes PATRIOT Act Used To Collect Browsing

Privacy Shield Hearing

The focus was on how the U.S. and EU can reach agreement on an arrangement that will not be struck down by the EU’s highest court. Last week, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on the now invalidated European Union (EU)-United States (U.S.) Privacy Shield, a mechanism that allowed companies to … Continue reading Privacy Shield Hearing