Cyber Round Up: Likelihood of North Korean cyber attacks; AI has “real biases”; UK Internet Safety Strategy

  • The Likelihood of North Korean Cyber Attacks (CSIS): Earlier this fall, CSIS published a piece discussing the potential of North Korean cyber attacks.  The piece put North Korea’s cyber capabilities in context with the bigger overall picture of what North Korea might want to do, or should do, in terms of its actions towards the U.S.  The author stated that the nation is the “least capable of our opponents” when it comes to cyber and that any cyber attack is unlikely absent armed conflict. The full article can be read here.
  • Artificial Intelligence—With Very Real Biases (WSJ):  According to a report earlier this week from the Wall Street Journal, Artificial Intelligence may end up making the same errors and having the same biases that humans do. The author first points out that AI will likely be used in much more subtle ways than the way that many people perhaps imagine.  The article points out that the cornerstone of these AI programs is that they are able to “learn.” But this means that they will learn biases and bad habits just as much as they will the good ones.  As AI takes on a bigger role in society, the lack of social and contextual awareness becomes a bigger problem, the author says. The full article can be read here.

  • UK’s New ‘Internet Safety Strategy’ Cracks Down on Online Danger (Lawfare):  Britain’s Conservative party is following through on campaign promises to make the nation “the safest place in the world to be online,” according to a post on Lawfare.  A Green Paper published recently takes strong stances but is lacking in details as to how these goals will be achieved, the author says.  The government plans to force social media companies to take responsibility and is considering reclassifying those companies as publishers as opposed to platforms, according to the post. One major issue for the plan, the author suggests, is whether U.S. companies choose to comply. The full article can be read here.

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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. 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. She is a member of Syracuse Law Review, the Journal on Terrorism and Security Analysis, and the senior editor for the Syrian Accountability Project. 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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