In one look.
- States and online speech moderation.
- An overview of the NCSC.
- The future of quantum computing in the United States.
- NATO cyber coordinators meet.
States and online speech moderation.
Yesterday, the US state of Texas filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to dismiss an emergency request to block a state law regulating content moderation on social media. The Washington Post reports that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argued that social media platforms should be considered “common carriers,” like telephone companies, and as essential services they should be subject to government regulation . In response, Florida and ten other states filed an amicus brief in support of the law, their argument being that social media is essentially a massive, modern public square and, as such, has “control enormous on the floor”. The debate points to a possible change in the way online content is moderated. Social media platforms have historically benefited from a “best of both worlds” scenario, enjoying immunity from lawsuits regarding content associated with common carriers while reserving the right to control content that passes through them. . Conservatives worried that tech companies are censoring their social media speech are looking to the state legislature for action. Just last week, tech companies expressed shock at a 5th Circuit ruling allowing the aforementioned law to take effect, a move that could spur more states to seek similar laws.
The NCSC in a nutshell.
Tripwire offers an introduction to the UK’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which serves as the first point of contact for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large organisations, government agencies and the general public. Born out of the UK’s five-year National Cyber Security Strategy established in 2015, the NCSC works with other law enforcement, defence, intelligence, security and international partners to support UK cyber activities. country. Former Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer summed up the NCSC’s philosophy: “London already leads the world in many ways, it is right that we establish the country’s first cybersecurity center in the heart of the capital. , as Britain continues to lead the fight against this global problem.While retaining access to the world’s best capabilities, partnerships and people from the intelligence community, this new center will have an ‘open door’ policy. which will make it easier for businesses of all sizes to obtain the best support available for cyber issues.” Due to a recent increase in attacks on government agencies, the NCSC will support the government’s Cyber Security Strategy 2022-2030: ” Building a cyber-resilient public sector”.
The future of quantum computing in the United States.
Quantum computing remains a central priority for U.S. cybersecurity policy, and during a panel hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank this week, representatives from the National Security Council and the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) discussed government plans for implementing quantum technology. Department of Homeland Security says it’s gearing up for quantum computers capable of cracking even the strongest encryption by 2030, and Govtech Explain it will be a race against time. Charles Tahan, OSTP Deputy Director for Quantum Information Sciences and Director of the National Office for Quantum Coordination, said on the panel, “We know that transitioning to a new cryptosystem can take 10 years or more if you’re doing it right.” According to Jonah Force Hill, director of cybersecurity policy and emerging technologies for the National Security Council, part of the challenge will be determining which parts of the agency’s systems use public-key encryption methods that are at risk. , then prioritize which data needs to be secured first. CISA has been tasked with working with state and local governments, many of which rely on older systems that will require funding and technical assistance to modernize. Staffing will be another hurdle, and a May 4 memorandum directs the government to implement education and workforce development efforts to ensure the nation has the necessary talent pool. to support these quantum technology efforts.
NATO cyber coordinators meet.
NATO National Coordinators for Cybersecurity met yesterday in Brussels, the Hill reports, the first time such a group has come together. The meeting was prompted by the Russian war against Ukraine and how it has changed the strategic landscape. “Allies expressed concern that cyber threats to Alliance security are complex, destructive, coercive and becoming more frequent,” NATO said. Press release mentioned. “NATO is a strong platform for sharing information, for exchanging national approaches and responses, and for considering possible collective responses. Allies also provide practical support to partners, including Ukraine. “