Archive by William Snyder

The EFF is Wrong About Aaron Swartz, But Right About the CFAA

A newsletter today from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) proclaims, “Help us save the next Aaron Swartz.”  But, when you click through to their webpage, Fix the CFAA, most of the criticism is about: “The Justice Department thinks the CFAA [Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1030, et seq.] criminalizes […]

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Accepting Applications for Online Course Cyber Security Law and Policy

Course is October 1 to November 18, 2012 Once again, the Institute for National Security and Counter-Terrorism (INSCT) will be offering the online course "Cyber Security Law and Policy," which tackles one of the most critical national security threats of our time. INSCT is an innovative interdisciplinary research center that addresses key national and international […]

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Cybersecurity at Risk –

In an editorial entitled “Cybersecurity at Risk” published in the print edition on August 1, 2012,  the New York Times argues: The Lieberman-Collins bill should be voted by the Senate this week and then merged with the House version so a law can be enacted this year. If not, and a catastrophic cyberattack occurs, Americans […]

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Going on the offensive against cyberattacks – The Washington Post

On July 25, 2012, The Washington Post’s published an editorial entitled “Slipping through the ’Net” in its mobile edition or “Stockpiling arms against cyberattacks” in its regular online edition querying why there is so much “complacency” in the face of evidence and reports that “the current strategic cyber environment is fundamentally unstable.” (Quoting a report […]

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A Clunky Cyberstrategy | Foreign Affairs

The May 4, 2012 edition of “This Week on Foreign features the article, A Clunky Cyberstrategy: Washington Preaches Internet Freedom But Practices Surveillance by Rebecca McKinnon.  According to the article’s summary: As the White House sanctions Iran and Syria for using technology to target their citizens, other parts of the U.S. government are driving […]

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Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues – CRS

Someone has leaked a March 14, 2012, Congressional Research Service report entitled Cybersecurity: Selected Legal Issues. (Such leaks are a daily occurrence and likely done by a member of Congress, but the institution as a whole has never authorized the routine release of CRS reports to the taxpayers.) Topics include: Legal Issues Related to Protecting […]

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Yet another reason to keep the lawyers out of cyberwar

One reason to believe the Stuxnet attack was made in the USA, Clarke says, “was that it very much had the feel to it of having been written by or governed by a team of Washington lawyers.” “What makes you say that?” I asked. “Well, first of all, I’ve sat through a lot of meetings […]

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Mar 29th, 2012 Stuxnet

A new theory of digital identity – Risk – SC Magazine Australia

The March 14, 2012, edition of SC Magazine, Australian Edition, includes Part B of a two part series on “A New Theory of Digital Identity.”  Part A was entitled “Federated Identity: Easier said than done.”  Part B is entitled, “The Ecology and Natural History of Digital Identity,” and includes this view of the U.S. National […]

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NSTIC commits $2.5 million to build governance body | ZDNet

ZDNet reports on March 14, 2012, that the National Institute of Standards of Technology is offering grant money “to establish an independent steering committee led by the private sector that works in conjunction with the federal government to support” the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, quoting  Jeremy Grant, senior executive adviser for identity […]

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The Internet is NOT Borderless

Cyberspace is not some borderless new reality, separate and apart from the physical world.  It is not the death of distance. The statement in “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” that, “[o]urs is a world that is both everywhere and nowhere, but it is not where bodies live,” and that,  “[y]our legal concepts of […]

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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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