Archive for January, 2014

Canada’s NSA Equivalent Starring Latest Snowden Revelation

Yesterday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) broke the news about an invasive domestic collection activity of the Communication Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), the country’s foreign signals intelligence agency. A presentation, classified “Top Secret” and leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, outlines the 2 week experimental run of what was labeled “IP Profiling […]

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Cyber Round Up: Holder says NSA programs legal; Snowden nominated for Nobel; Iranian officials concerned with oil industry’s cyber safety

In speaking with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Eric Holder backed the judicial determination that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs are legal, according to the Miami Herald.  However, AG Holder emphasized the true debate, one not over legality, but over proper use of authority. “[J]ust because we can do something, should we […]

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Government Funds Research to Combat Potential Eavesdropping

According to the Associated Press, in light of the recent challenges to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs, the government has been looking for ways to protect against potential eavesdroppers. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is funding at least five research teams in order to develop the best method to […]

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Cyber Round Up: Talking Google, NSA, FISA, a false cyber attack alarm, and more

According to the New York Times, agencies such as the National Security Agency (NSA) and certain international counterparts have found a way to pull identifying information, such as gender, age, and location, from smartphone users when they open and utilize their phone’s applications. The subtitle in a recent Economist article says it all: “With a string […]

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CNET: Net Neutrality Decision Boosted FCC Regulatory Authority

Just a few weeks ago, the limitations of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulatory authority was not well defined.  However, as Marguerite Reardon explains, that all changed when the D.C. court handed down its net neutrality opinion a few weeks ago.  Now: “[T]he FCC and even local public utility commissions can . . . impose […]

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New Global Commission on Internet Governance Announced in Davos

From a Chatham House news release: Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January 2014 Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, will chair a new Global Commission on Internet Governance, launched by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Announced today at the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters, the […]


Cyber Roundup: Technology to negatively impact the future job market; China’s Internet disruptions; What to do with Snowden

A recent poll published by USA Today shows Americans are more closely split than before (45%-43%) as to whether the Snowden disclosures helped or hurt America’s interests.  The survey also indicated that, by a margin of 56%-32%, the American public (or at least those who responded to the poll) is in favor of the government […]

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D.C. Court Rules Against FCC on Net Neutrality

Last week the D.C. Court of Appeals issued its ruling in the much talked about net neutrality case between Verizon and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  I’ll cut to the chase—the Court struck down the FCC’s “Open Internet Order,” also known as “net neutrality.” Now for a little background, starting with some definitions (paraphrased from […]

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The Argument for a Defense-centric Cyber Strategy

In a recent report, Foreign Policy considers a critical question facing cybersecurity pros.  Namely, which strategy is more effective at combatting cyber threats—the offensive or defensive? Comparing today’s technological evolution to the advantages seen just prior to the outbreak of World War I, FP argues that we should be focusing our attention (and our resources) […]

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NSA Programs “Dishfire” and “Prefer” Collected and Analyzed Millions of Text Messages Globally

The Guardian reported last week that the National Security Agency (NSA) program, code named “Dishfire,” collected almost 200 million text messages from various parts of the world daily in April 2011.  The agency then used that data to extract information about an individual’s financial habits, social connections, travel plans, and more.  Much of this information […]

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Professor William Snyder

Professor William C. Snyderis a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counter-terrorism at Syracuse University after fifteen years with the United States Department of Justice.

Ryan D. White

Ryan D. WhiteRyan is currently a third year law student at Syracuse University College of Law, and is also pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Ryan spent time with Homeland Security Investigations while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University, and spent his first summer of law school as clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of New York. He is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and participates in the Veteran’s Legal Clinic. Full biography

Shelby E. Mann

Ryan D. WhiteShelby is a second year law student at the Syracuse University College of Law. She is the 2018-9 Editor in Chief of the Syracuse Law Review, as well as a member of the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. During her final year at the University of Missouri, she served as a full-time news producer for ABC 17 News. Shelby spent her first summer of law school at the Shelby County District Attorney General's Office in Memphis, Tenn., in the Public Corruption and Economic Crimes Unit. Full biography

Christopher w. FolkChristopher W. Folk

is a 2017 graduate of SU College of Law. A non-traditional student, Christopher returned to academia after spending nearly twenty years in the high tech industry. Christopher served in the Marine Corps, graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. In Applied Economics and Business Management, attended Northeastern University’s High-Tech MBA Program and received a M.S. In Computer Information Systems. Christopher previously worked in Software Engineering. Christopher is currently serving his second term as Town Justice for the Town of Waterloo. Christopher externed with a Cybersecurity firm in the Washington, D.C. area between his first and second year at SU College of Law. Full biography

Anna Maria Castillo

Anna Maria Castillois 2016 graduate of Syracuse College of Law. She also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has interned at a London-based think-tank that specializes in transnational terrorism and global security and at the legal department of a defense contractor. She served as an executive editor in the Syracuse Law Review. Full biography

Jennifer A. CamilloJennifer A. Camillo

is a 2015 graduate of Syracuse College of Law and is a prosecutor. She has served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office and as an extern in the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. She was a member of the Syracuse National Trial Team and was awarded the Tiffany Cup by the New York Bar Association for her trial advocacy achievements.

Tara J. PistoreseTara J. Pistorese

holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration degrees from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and its College of Law. She wrote for this blog when a student. She is now a member of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Benjamin Zaiser

is both a scholar and a Federal Agent of the Federal Criminal Police Office of Germany. (Opinions expressed here are his own and not any part of official duty.) Full biography


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