New legal authority that allows for “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace, is being utilized to place potentially crippling malware inside Russia’s electric grid, the New York Times reports. This “aggressive” posture is in response to Russia inserting malware into parts of America’s energy infrastructure. Such repositioning runs the risk of escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow and reopens the debate as to whether a nation’s power grid is a legitimate target for cyberattacks.
IFES, IRI and NDI, core D4D members, conducted workshops, roundtables and panels and convened partners at RightsCon in Tunis from June 11-14 covering a number of topics. These included sessions on standards and best practices for online election observation, ending impunity against women in politics, and using online tools and behavioural science to build meaningful online spaces and a host of other issues related to D4D.