The ongoing debate about data privacy, surveillance, encryption and other issues in this digital age has exposed major cultural and legal differences between the United States and Germany. The interplay between German society’s demand for privacy and the state’s implementation of legal structures ensuring its protection stands in contrast to the prioritization of national security concerns in the United States. While preserving individual liberties and freedoms are at the core of each democracy, the United States and Germany differ when it comes to handling the balance between liberty and national security in the cyber age.

While the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden about state-sponsored intrusions into online privacy have been deeply unsettling to many, the growing everyday threats to our online activities posed by cyber criminals receive little public attention. Yet, in reality the chances of someone you know being actively monitored by the NSA or its European …Read More

This morning, Target Corps released that there has been a security breach, and about 40 million credit and debit cards have been accessed from customers of Target stores (not online) between November 27 to December 15, 2013. Target immediately sent out a notice to warn their customers of the attack. Information that was stolen in …Read More

Introduction: Digitization as Political Challenge As Tessier Stall notes, “[c]yberspace is both the playground and the battleground of the future.”[1] Digitization is a great opportunity for society and modern information and communication technologies are already shaping our everyday life in a substantial way. Still, advancements in information and communication technologies and their widespread use lead …Read More

The uproar in Europe over revelations that the NSA has been taping the phones of world leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, demonstrates that the methods used by America’s intelligence services can do serious harm to transatlantic relations. But there is more at issue here than the unacceptable espionage undertaken against Chancellor Merkel. The …Read More

Serious cyber-attacks against public and private sector organizations are increasing in frequency and severity. Watch these clips from this panel of the AICGS Annual Symposium for a discussion of cyber security with emphasis on the role of the private sector and the government.

AICGS hosted a seminar on “Cyber Policy in Germany: The Risks and Opportunities of Digitization” with DAAD/AICGS Research Fellow Kathrin Ulmer, a Research Assistant at the Berlin-based think tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). The discussion started by looking at the Grand Coalition treaty’s passages dedicated to cyber policy, which attempts to control the new territory between the power to connect and necessity to protect. Also discussed were the opportunities and challenges of the growing cyberspace and the increasing efforts to protect individuals’ as well as companies’ privacy and knowledge.

Foreign Editor at the Süddeutsche Zeitung Stefan Kornelius interviews with AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes on the implications of the latest developments in the NSA surveillance scandal. Although the traditional divide between the moral and realist camps persists, this scandal is unlikely to have a large impact on TTIP negotiations, and a more subtle larger …Read More

AICGS held its Second Annual Symposium on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in New York City, immediately following the Global Leadership Award Dinner. The Symposium featured five panels on current economic and business topics related to the elections in the U.S. and Germany, and each panel had a high-level speaker plus respondents drawn from the academic and corporate sectors.

By Alex Racey At her annual summer conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel remained coy on the details surrounding the NSA spy affair. She asserted that the government is taking the necessary steps to get information from Washington, but would not dish out any new details. In addition, she proposed an eight-point data privacy legislation plan. In …Read More

Featured today on Stern Magazine’s website, AICGS President Dr. Jackson Janes’ article, titled “Eure Anfeindungen sind verlogen” (Translated: “Your Accusations are Dishonest”), challenges German reactions to the revelations of NSA surveillance. Dr. Janes comments on Germans’ preoccupation with the American role in this controversy and points out that the intelligence services on both sides of …Read More

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