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The Internet is now essential to the global economy, the military and politics. But users are vulnerable to attacks from the inside as well as the outside. We talk with one of America's most notorious cyber criminals, now a security consultant, and others about cyber security. Also, forget another international agreement to replace the Kyoto protocols. Climate change will now be addressed by a patchwork of solutions agreed to by individual nations.

Banner image: The logos of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are seen on computer terminals in a training room of the US Cyber Crimes Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Making News It's One Crazy Lame Duck Session

With the lame-duck Congress still facing a mountain of legislation, Senators who agree with each other are squabbling among themselves and House Democrats have picked a fight with President Obama.  Anyone watching could be excused for being completely confused, according to Michael Shear of the New York Times, chief writer of its Caucus blog.

Michael D. Shear, New York Times (@shearm)

Fatal System Error

Joseph Menn

Main Topic Cyber Security and Internet Freedom 36 MIN, 29 SEC

This has been the biggest year ever for cyber crime, from Stuxnet, the worm that was deployed to disrupt Iran's nuclear program, to China's attack on Google. Now defenders of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have launched "Denial of Service" attacks on Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Amazon. Institutions, including governments, are on the defensive and they're trying to beef up cyber security. But how does cyber crime happen? Is it all technology, or is the human element just as important? Will cyber security mean suppressing free speech? 

Joseph Menn, Reuters (@josephmenn)
Kevin Mitnick, Mitnick Security Consulting (@Kevinmitnick)
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)
Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center

The Art of Deception

Kevin D. Mitnick and William L. Simon

Reporter's Notebook Global Warming Negotiations Down to the Wire in Cancun 6 MIN, 43 SEC

For 20 years, international policy makers have assumed that climate change would be the subject of a worldwide agreement. Key nations would agree to reduce greenhouse gases and trade carbon emissions in a common market. Instead, California businesses will pay to preserve tropical forests in Mexico and Brazil. Japan will help fund nuclear power plants in developing nations. South Korea will promote renewable energy at home. Juliet Eilperin is covering the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún for the Washington Post.

Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post (@eilperin)

Privacy, Information And Technology (Aspen Elective)

Daniel J. Solove and Marc Rotenberg


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