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The Post-Attribution Era

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On May 7, 2019
In this 2007 book, Halting State, Charles Stross describes a near future in which the internet makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for ordinary people to properly attribute communications and events. Warning: this post contains mild spoilers. In this 2007 book, Halting State, Charles Stross describes a near future (2018, to be precise) in […]
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Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman have been doing important work on what they call “weaponized interdependence“: Globalization has transformed the dynamics of security. In Rosa Brooks’ (2016) evocative description, over the last two decades war ‘became everything’ thanks to interdependence. Flows of finance, information and goods across borders both create new risks for states, and […]

Thoughts on Davos

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On January 23, 2019

Hamza Shaban of the Washington Post reports that: When billionaire chief executive Michael Dell was asked on Wednesday whether he would support a proposal put forth by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D

The Potemkin Wall

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On January 10, 2019

How effective is the kind of steel pike barrier that Trump’s been peddling? As it turns out, it can’t withstand a saw. In fact, “testing by DHS in late 2017 showed all eight prototyp

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