USIP's Science, Technology & Peacebuilding Roundup


United States Institute of Peace


Center of Innovation: Science, Technology and Peacebuilding

Weekly News Roundup, May 23 - 29, 2013

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China Continues to Deny Carrying Out Cyberattacks Against U.S.
China on Wednesday again denied that it has used cyberattacks to steal American military and business secrets, following new accusations leveled this week. "China opposes all forms of cyberattacks. China is also a victim of hacking," said Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang during a press briefing previewing Chinese President Xi Jinping's meeting with President Obama next week.
See the full article (Washington Post, William Wan, 5/29/13)
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'Killer Robots' Pose Threat to Peace and Should be Banned, UN Warned
"Killer robots" that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be banned before they come into existence, the United Nations will be told by its human rights investigator this week. Experts in warfare technologies warn that the world's leading military powers are moving so rapidly in this direction that a pre-emptive ban is essential.
See the full article (Guardian, Ed Pilkington, 5/29/13)
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Gaza Sky Geeks Backs Tech Startups in the Gaza Strip
The conflict-torn Gaza Strip produces more than 2,000 young graduates with technical degrees each year. Gaza Sky Geeks helps them launch their own high-tech businesses. The laboratory will support standout technology entrepreneurs in Gaza, providing a wide range of free services designed to help them turn their ideas into viable investments.
See the full article (Christian Science Monitor, Laura Mortara, 5/29/13)
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China Doesn't Care if Its 'Digitalized' Military Cyberwar Drill Scares You
In the face of fears from President Obama to the Pentagon and across the globe about the increasing military might behind Chinese hacking, China's state news agency announced Wednesday that the nation's People's Liberation Army "will conduct an exercise next month to test new types of combat forces including units using digital technology amid efforts to adjust to informationalized war."
See the full article (Atlantic, Alexander Abad-Santos, 5/29/13)
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Obama to Confront Chinese President over Spate of Cyber-attacks on US
Barack Obama will confront Chinese president Xi Jinping next week over a spate of cyber-attacks on the US, including the latest allegation that Chinese hackers gained access to more than two dozen of America's most advanced weapons systems. The alleged cyber-attacks are the most serious of a series of issues creating friction between the US and China ahead of next week's summit in California.
See the full article (Guardian, Ewan MacAskill, 5/28/13)
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New Computer Attacks Traced to Iran, Officials Say
American officials and corporate security experts examining a new wave of potentially destructive computer attacks striking American corporations, especially energy firms, say they have tracked the attacks back to Iran. Government officials describe the attacks as probes looking for ways to seize control of critical processing systems.
See the full article (New York Times, Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger, 5/24/13) *NYT sign-up may be required to view the full article
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Video Game Shows People Why Drug War Can't be Stopped
A game app about Mexico's drug war launched this week. It's called NarcoGuerra, and it challenges you to "end the never-ending war." Narco Guerra developers argue that the whole point of this game, which is designed for mobile phones and tablets and costs .99 cents, is to make you think about how hard it is to stop the drug trade.
See the full article (ABC News, Manuel Rueda, 5/24/13)
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Fear Factor
The impact of armed drones during the decade-plus of this intense global counterterrorism campaign is hard to overestimate: Without operational commanders and visionary leaders, terror groups decay into locally focused threats, or disappear altogether. But the London subway attacks in July 2005 illustrated the remaining potency of al Qaeda's core in the tribal areas of Pakistan.
See the full article (Foreign Policy, Philip Mudd, 5/24/13) *Foreign Policy sign-up may be required to view the full article
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