Kate Murphy explains in the New York Times how the Internet doesn't really live in a cloud - it's vulnerable, physical cables.
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A recent article in MIT's Technology Review reminds us that the ethical dilemmas that trouble many with respect to AWS are not necessarily unique to the weapons context.
William McCants on "The Believer: How an Introvert with a Passion for Religion and Soccer Became Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Leader of the Islamic State"
A fascinating and informative profile of the ISIS leader, by the author of a new book on the movement. Highly recommended.
Over at Just Security, Marshall Erwin has an excellent article entitled, "The FBI’s Problem Isn’t 'Going Dark.' Its Problem is Going Slowly." I'm not sure how much of Erwin's argument I agree with—definitely some, but not all—but his piece is thoughtful and informative and makes a number of good points.
Readers who found engaging my recent paper with Jodie Liu, "The Privacy Paradox: The Privacy Benefits of Privacy Threats," will certainly want to check out a new draft paper by Columbia Law School professor David E. Pozen.
“State Opinio Juris and International Humanitarian Law Pluralism” by Michael N. Schmitt and Sean Watts
While states have become increasingly reticent about stating their views on international law, non-state individuals and organizations have strongly moved into the “declaratory” space, offering no end of “authoritative”-sounding declarations, reports, briefs to all sorts of international institutions, and scholarship. In a new paper, Schmitt and Watts offer an eloquent call for states, and particularly the United States, to speak up both with regards to their emerging state practice and formal opinio juris.
“Black Holes and Open Secrets: The Impact of Covert Action on International Law” by Alexandra H. Perina
My Brookings colleagues Daniel Byman (who is, among other things, Lawfare's Foreign Policy Editor) and Jeremy Shapiro (who is, among other things, a demon with a barbecue and a slab of meat), have a new piece out in Foreign Affairs entitled, "Homeward Bound? Don't Hype the Threat of Returning Jihadists." It's a counter-intuitive take on the threat posed by Americans and Europeans who have gone to fight with ISIS, one that concludes that the threat---while real---is ov
(Author's note: Apologies to Geoff and everyone else - I somehow managed to delete the last couple of paragraphs of this post when it went up. I'll recover them--including the part of the post that actually introduces Geoff's paper!--and get it back up Tuesday. I'm sure everyone felt a trifle let down to have the last, incomplete sentence of the post beginning, "One of the most preeminent American law of war scholars and lawyers" ... only to break off unfinished and leave everyone hanging.)
Marc Sageman probably needs no introduction to most Lawfare readers.