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  • Under Tillerson, the State Department may put cyber diplomacy on the chopping block

    Under Tillerson, the State Department may put cyber diplomacy on the chopping block

    According to new reports by Politico and Bloomberg, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to merge or eliminate its cybersecurity office, long tasked with representing U.S. cyber interests abroad. The Office of the Coordination for Cyber Issues, created in 2011 by former President Obama, was established as a State Department liaison on a “full spectrum of cyber-related issues.” Read More

  • State Department Builds A Panic Button App

    Imagine you are a pro-democracy protester on the streets of a repressive government. You’ve got your cellphone and you are messaging your friends. In the crowd near you, the police start making arrests. Fearing the government will confiscate your phone and investigate your contacts, you push a “panic button” on your phone. It deletes the contacts in your address book… Read More

  • Tech Delegation Goes To Russia To Carry Out 21st Century Statecraft

    Tech Delegation Goes To Russia To Carry Out 21st Century Statecraft

    Silicon Valley and the State Department are getting along quite well under the Obama Administration. Last year, a tech delegation traveled with the State Department to Iraq and Mexico City to see how technology can help aid the countries. As a result of those trips, the Iraqi government set up a YouTube channel and digitized the contents of its looted national museum, while Mexico set up an… Read More