The Week That Was

The Fortnight That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Victoria Gallegos, Tia Sewell
Saturday, April 3, 2021, 12:18 PM

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Benjamin Wittes spoke with Alan Rozenshtein and Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, about the cases filed in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection:

William Ford and Rohini Kurup analyzed the House and Senate hearings related to the Jan. 6 Capitol assault. 

Tia Sewell shared a livestream of a hearing on state and local responses to counterterrorism, held by the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. Victoria Gallegos shared a livestream of the House Armed Services Committee hearing on extremism in the armed forces. Gallegos also shared a livestream of a hearing on social media’s role in promoting extremism and misinformation, featuring testimony from the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. 

Howell shared the latest edition of the Lawfare Podcast’s "Arbiters of Truth" miniseries on the online information ecosystem, in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic sat down with Issie Lapowsky, a senior reporter at the tech journalism publication Protocol, to discuss last week’s tech CEO testimony:

Howell also shared another episode of "Arbiters of Truth," in which Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic sat down with Brendan Nyahn, professor of government at Dartmouth College, about the role of YouTube in the spreading mis- and disinformation: 

Jacob Schulz and Justin Sherman analyzed the Christchurch report and what it reveals about online extremism. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring Benjamin Wittes’s interview with Jacob Schulz, about the recent history of the seditious conspiracy statute: 

She shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Quinta Jurecic spoke with Jeff Asher, crime analyst and co-founder of AH Datalytics, about his recent Lawfare article on why there is little reliable data on anti-Asian hate crimes: 

Howell also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring Benjamin Wittes’s conversation with Alex Reinert, professor of litigation and advocacy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, about his recent Lawfare article on qualified immunity:

Rashawn Ray examined police misconduct settlements and presented various proposals to restructure civilian payouts and increase accountability for police misconduct.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Wittes sat down on Lawfare Live with Ray to discuss his recent article:

Howell shared a no bull episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring the most important content from last week’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, during which members hear testimony from Gen. Paul Nakasone, head of Cyber Command and the National Security Agency; Gen. Richard Clarke, head of  U.S. Special Operations Command; and Christopher Maier, acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict:

Herb Lin dissected a curious comment by  Gen. Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, on Defense Department operations.

Duncan B. Hollis and Tsvetelina van Benthem asked what would happen if states treated cyber operations as “threats” in order to justify force. 

Kurt Alaybeyoglu and Alan Wehler explained how to better secure email. 

Yaya J. Fanusie analyzed merchant crypto payments as a new national security frontier. 

Adam Isles and Paul Rosenzweig reviewed a traditional way of evaluating cybersecurity. 

James N. Miller and Robert Butler argued that the Office of the National Cyber Director will need a new National Cyber Defense Center. 

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, featuring an interview with Francis Fukuyama, professor at Stanford University, about the use of middleware suppliers to curate consumers’ feeds:

Gallegos shared a livestream of a hearing on the U.S. Special Operations Command and the U.S. Cyber Command. 

Brian Nussbaum, Unal Tatar, Benjamin Yankson, Gary Ackerman and Brandon Behlendorf wrote about how the Internet of Things is moving into and changing the nature of remote environments such as the Arctic and Antarctica.

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast in which Alvaro Marañon sat down with Erik Larson, a computer scientist, tech entrepreneur and author of the new book, "The Myth of Artificial Intelligence: Why Computers Can't Think the Way We Do”:

Nicol Turner Lee shared an episode of TechTank, featuring a conversation with Amanda Renteria, president and CEO of Code for America and Nick Sinai, former deputy chief technology officer under President Obama, about a digital service corps: 

Tina Dekker and Florian Martin-Bariteau argued that while governments around the world are racing to both leverage the opportunities and mitigate the threats of quantum computing, Canada lacks a sufficient strategy to handle the cybersecurity risks associated with the disruptive new technology. 

Daniel Sutherland explained what a cybersecurity legal practice looks like and how cybersecurity attorneys can contribute effectively to a company’s operations.

Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, entitled “The Xi-Hawley Global Consensus on Tech Platforms”:

Abby Lemert and Eleanor Runde discussed the latest U.S.-China technology policy and national security news, including Secretary of State Blinken’s trip to Europe and EU Xinjiang sanctions. 

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk, featuring a conversation with Te-Ping Chen, a Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent in Beijing and Hong Kong, about her writing process and stories: 

Jordan Brunner analyzed Section 1237 and the Department of Defense’s designation of “Communist Chinese military companies.”

Lester Munson shared the latest episode of Fault Lines, featuring an interview with Admiral James Stavridis about his book, “2034: A Novel of the Next World War”:

 

Jamie P. Horsley argued that the U.S. closings of Confucius Institutes, or Chinese language and culture centers, exacerbate a national foreign language deficit at a time when training mandarin speakers with knowledge of China should be a national priority.

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk, featuring an interview with Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of defense for policy, and Eric Lofgren, host of AcquisitionTalk, on “affecting the strategic calculus”:

Schneider also shared an episode of ChinaTalk discussing the history and future of China’s computer chip industry with John Verwey, author of the Semi-Literate newsletter on Substack:

Robert D. Williams examined the future of U.S.-China military relations. 

Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk, featuring a conversation about lessons learned from covering China for 30 years, China’s debt situation and other topics:

Steve Floyd examined alleged atrocities, law of war violations and regional implications in Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict.

Emma Campbell-Mohn examined how the U.S. should respond to the Myanmar crisis, given China’s role in Myanmar. 

Zarko Perovic examined the laws which constrain the Wagner Group, an infamous private Russian military company. 

Lester Munson shared an episode of Fault Lines, featuring a conversation about Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Jake Sullivan’s recent meeting with their Chinese counterparts at the Anchorage Summit: 

Yasmina Abouzzohour examined the Middle East and North Africa region’s coronavirus response over the past year. 

Bryce Klehm shared this week’s Lawfare Live, in which Benjamin Wittes sat down with Rashawn Ray to discuss reforming civil settlements for police misconduct:

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Howell shared the latest episode of Rational Security, the “Vaccines are the New Masks” edition:

She also shared an episode of Rational Security, the “Chilly in Alaska” edition:

She also shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring Alan Rozenshtein’s conversation with Jonathan Gould, assistant professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley, about codifying constitutional norms: 

Gallegos shared a livestream of the House Rules Committee hearing on reforming the War Powers Resolution. Gallegos also shared a livestream of the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on reclaiming congressional war powers. 

And Klehm announced next week’s Lawfare Live, featuring a lecture from Paul Rosenzweig on how enterprises can manage, mitigate and monitor their cyber risks by mapping threats and adversary tactics to known vulnerabilities:

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And that was the week that was.