• Policy brief 21 Jan 2019

    System Upgrade: Improving Cross-Border Access to Electronic Evidence

    By Sophie Barnett, Mirko Hohmann
    When it comes to improving cross-border access to data for law enforcement, the US CLOUD Act & the EU E-Evidence Initiative are a step in the right direction. Still, reform of the existing system of mutual legal assistance should be priority number one.…
  • Article 27 Aug 2018

    Wider das autoritäre Modell

    Es ist höchste Zeit, das Verständnis eines „freien und offenen“ Internets auf die Höhe der Zeit zu bringen, damit Deutschland und Europa den Wettbewerb mit dem autoritären Ansatz glaubwürdig und schlagkräftig bestreiten können.…
  • Study 28 Jun 2018

    How European Internet Foreign Policy Can Compete in a Fragmented World

    The “free and open” approach to internet governance originated in the US and emphasized (self-)regulation through multi-stakeholder governance processes. Using the words of US president Clinton’s internet czar Ira Magaziner, this approach argued “against a traditional regulatory role for…
  • Commentary 06 Mar 2018

    Deutschland 4.0? Germany’s Digital Strategy Over the Next Four Years

    Digital and cyber issues were recurring themes during Germany’s recent election. The coalition agreement, which gave Angela Merkel another four years as Chancellor, picked these themes up, but left many questions unaddressed. Nevertheless, here’s what we can expect from the new German government…
  • Study 16 Jan 2018

    Front, Back, and Trap Doors: Refocusing the Encryption Debate

    The “if” and “how” of regulating encryption technologies has long been a matter of heated debate. One side demands that users should be able to protect their data fully not only from access by criminals or companies, but also from governmental access by means of strong encryption. On the other hand,…
  • Commentary 29 Jun 2017

    Germany’s Misguided Social Media Law Is a Minefield for US Tech

    U.S. tech firms have always found the European market a tricky one to navigate. They struggled with a public backlash following Edward Snowden’s disclosures and have had to cope with what they perceive to be awkward court decisions, like the right to be forgotten. Now, they face an entirely new…
  • Commentary 20 Apr 2017

    Internet Companies Cannot Be Judges of Free Speech

    For U.S. internet corporate giants, Germany has become ground zero in the global regulatory battle on how to deal with hate speech on social media platforms. Facebook’s concern that the draft of a new law currently making its way through the German legislative process “would force private companies…
  • Commentary 12 Apr 2017

    Why Policymakers Should Care About Weak Digital Infrastructure Abroad

    Last month, INTERPOL cybercrime experts travelled to Sri Lanka to advise local police officers on cybercrime investigations and the development of digital forensics capabilities. Similar workshops have slowly been set up in various countries where digital infrastructures are being developed, and…
  • Study 06 Mar 2017

    Advancing Cybersecurity Capacity Building: Implementing a Principle-Based Approach

    Executive Summary Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become critical catalysts for sustainable development. Yet no country will be able to reap the full potential of ICTs without also building cybersecurity capacity to address the risks associated with connectivity, such as…
  • Commentary 28 Dec 2016

    Wider das digitale Kompromat

    Deutsche Spitzenpolitiker und Geheimdienstchefs haben in den letzten Wochen in aller Deutlichkeit auf die Gefahr russischer Einflussnahme auf die kommenden Bundestagswahlen hingewiesen. In der Tat: Nach dem beträchtlichen Erfolg bei der Einmischung in die US-Wahlen wird für die russische Führung die…
  • Commentary 16 Dec 2016

    Europe in Russia’s Digital Cross Hairs

    In recent weeks, politicians and intelligence officials in France and Germany have stepped up their warnings of Russian interference in the national elections both countries will hold next year. In late November, Bruno Kahl, the head of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service, told the Süddeutsche…
  • Commentary 19 May 2016

    The Encryption Debate We Need

    In late March, the FBI announced that it would drop its lawsuit against Apple because it was able to unlock the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, a gunman in the December shooting in San Bernardino, California, without the tech giant’s help and using an undisclosed vulnerability. Apple remains alarmed –…
  • Commentary 19 May 2016

    In der Kryptofalle

    Während in den USA heftige Auseinandersetzungen um Verschlüsselungsmethoden und die daraus resultierenden Herausforderungen für Sicherheitsdienste toben, herrscht in Deutschland Ruhe. Offiziell gilt das Regierungsmantra der "Digitalen Agenda": "Wir unterstützen mehr und bessere Verschlüsselung",…
  • Commentary 13 Apr 2016

    How Europe Can Get Encryption Right

    While Europe has taken a great interest in the “crypto war” between the US government and Apple as well as other Silicon Valley behemoths, it has yet to wake up to the gathering storm of encryption policy within its own borders. Various EU governments have proposed unilateral measures on how to deal…
  • Commentary 01 Apr 2016

    Reform, Especially in Times of Terror

    He would be forced to “close up shop.” With these words, Gerhard Schindler, head of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND), warned against a substantial reform of the agency, implying that stronger regulation of the BND would harm its ability to provide security to Germany. After the recent…
  • Commentary 11 Jan 2016

    Germany Needs an Independent Digital Emergency Response Team

    When reports emerged late last year that researchers from CERT/CC, a respected American network security team, had helped the FBI to hack the anonymity network Tor, IT security experts were worried. Bodies like CERT/CC (the CERT Coordination Center), Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and…
  • Commentary 11 Jan 2016

    Deutschland braucht ein unabhängiges digitales Notfallteam

    Ende des vergangenen Jahres versetzten Hinweise auf eine Kooperation zwischen dem FBI und einem der bekanntesten US-amerikanischen IT-Sicherheitsteams die Netzgemeinde in Aufruhr. Demnach sollen Forscher des renommierten Cert/CC dem FBI dabei geholfen haben, das Anonymisierungsnetzwerk Tor zu…
  • Study 19 Nov 2015

    National CSIRTs and Their Role in Computer Security Incident Response

    Executive Summary Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) are an important pillar of global cybersecurity. What was once a small and informal community now comprises hundreds of CSIRTs, including governmental and non-governmental institutions. An important trend in recent years has been…
  • Commentary 16 Oct 2015

    German Bundestag Passes New Data Retention Law

    In December 2014, German Minister of Justice Heiko Maas issued a strongly worded tweet, complete with exclamation mark, stating that data retention laws violate the right to privacy and data protection, and that as a result, there should be neither German nor European legislation on this front. Ten…
  • Commentary 17 Sep 2015

    The German NSA Affair and the Need for Reform in Berlin

    When Chancellor Angela Merkel recently cited the “challenges” concerning the National Security Agency as an area that the German government has “tackled excellently” this term, many observers were surprised – not least because, two years into the “NSA affair,” the German government continues to…
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