Quis Custodiet?

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

One of the least noticed gambits of Liz Truss’s spells as international trade secretary and then foreign secretary in 2019–22 was her quest for a free-trade agreement with Israel. It was to be as asymmetrical as most of the trade deals agreed since Brexit. Truss was prepared to move the UK embassy to Jerusalem – putting the UK in the select company of Guatemala, Honduras and Trump’s USA – and to ‘revisit’ the two-state solution. Rishi Sunak has since ditched these reckless proposals. The main prizes for the UK were to be joint ventures in defence and cyber warfare. Although a very small nation, Israel is among the leading powers in cyber technology, along with China, Russia, the USA and the UK. Israel’s main tech hub in Herzliya receives one fifth of global private investment in cybersecurity, from such firms as Cisco, IBM and Qualcomm, among others.

We Know Who You Are

Posted on by David Gelber

Like many of the best books that traffic in ideas, Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism starts out with a simple question: ‘Can the digital future be our home?’ She quotes, as a point of comparison, a paper mill manager who asked her (as far back as 1981), ‘Are we all going to be […]

Who’s Afraid of the World Wide Web?

Posted on by Frank Brinkley

The only thing the Chinese and Indian experiences of the internet have in common is how ignorant we are about them in the West. Fortunately, two superb and perfectly timed books have arrived to spare our blushes. James Griffiths’s The Great Firewall of China tells the twenty-year story of how the Chinese authorities have brought the internet to heel by slowly

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