Christopher Painter made the case for cyber diplomacy after stepping down as cyber coordinator for the State Department in July. Painter wrote a blog post saying that cyber issues continue to grow, which increases the need for global discussions on cybersecurity. Yet Politico reported that the State Department is considering getting rid of its cybersecurity department. […]

The United States and Israel announced plans June 27 to cooperate on cybersecurity issues, including domestic and international cyber policy, critical infrastructure protection, research and development, and workforce development.






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The foreign ministers of the G7 nations expressed increased concern about cyber interference in elections. Leading up to the G7 Summit in Italy in May, they also adopted the G7 Declaration on Responsible States Behavior in Cyberspace.






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The State Department met with representatives from the European Union to discuss preparedness for cyberattacks and the U.S. National Cyber Incident Response Plan.






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Government-ordered Internet shutdowns have a negative impact on the economy and human rights, according to Brett Solomon of Access Now. “We think that Internet shutdowns are an indicator of an atrocity taking place,” Solomon said. Internet shutdowns cost the economy $2.4 billion worldwide, according to the Brookings Institution.






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