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Published 16 December 2020

·  The U.S.-China Tech War Won’t End Under Biden

·  Revealed: China Suspected of Spying on Americans via Caribbean Phone Networks

·  Demon Sperm Doctors Group That Met with Pence Is Now Pushing COVID Vaccine Fears

·  Deradicalization of Jihadis Does Not Work, Warns Terror Watchdog in Call for Offenders to Be Closely Monitored and Given Regular Lie-Detector Tests

·  Germany Investigates Cross-Border Extremist Network

·  Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine

·  Enough is Enough. Here’s What We Should Do to Defend against the Next Russian Cyberattacks.

·  John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets

Revealed: China Suspected of Spying on Americans via Caribbean Phone Networks(Stephanie Kirchgaessner. Guardian)
Security expert claims Chinese surveillance may have affected tens of thousands of Americans

The U.S.-China Tech War Won’t End Under Biden(Jacky Wong, Wall Street Journal)
A softer touch is likely, but Democrats and Republicans share concerns about the threat to core American industries and China’s techno-authoritarian ambitions.

Demon Sperm Doctors Group That Met with Pence Is Now Pushing COVID Vaccine Fears(Will Sommer, Daily Beast)
A group that once earned an audience with Vice President Mike Pence despite featuring a doctor promoting the medical perils of demon sperm is now on to its next venture: spreading unfounded fears about the COVID vaccine.
America’s Frontline Doctors went viral in July with a video that showed a handful of doctors promoting hydroxychloroquine in Washington, D.C. at an event hosted by the Tea Party Patriots. Donald Trump retweeted their video, and some of the doctors met with Pence. But the group faltered after The Daily Beast reported that Dr. Stella Immanuel, the doctor at the center of their summit, also believed that some medical ailments are caused by dream-sex with demons and that alien DNA is used in some treatments.
Now America’s Frontline Doctors are back, targeting the COVID-19 vaccines. Over the weekend, the group organized a meeting with conservative influencers and a small protest in front of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Deradicalization of Jihadis Does Not Work, Warns Terror Watchdog in Call for Offenders to Be Closely Monitored and Given Regular Lie-Detector Tests(William Cole, Mail)
Deradicalization programs don’t work on their own, warns Jonathan Hall QC. The terrorism watchdog said jihadis were ‘deceptive’ to their probation staff. He suggested offenders being closely monitored and given lie detector tests. The suggestion comes amid debate over allowing ISIS bride Shamima Begum back to the UK with the help of deradicalization programs.

Germany Investigates Cross-Border Extremist Network(AP / ABC News)
Germany’s top security official is pledging to get to the bottom of an alleged plot intended to arm far-right extremists in the country with weapons, ammunition and explosives procured in neighboring Austria.

Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine(Adrienne LaFrance, The Atlantic)
The architecture of the modern web poses grave threats to humanity. It’s not too late to save ourselves.

Enough is Enough. Here’s What We Should Do to Defend against the Next Russian Cyberattacks. (Alex Stamos, Washington Post)
The details are still trickling in, but it seems possible that the latest Russian cyberattacks against the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury and State; the National Institutes of Health; and possibly dozens of companies and departments will turn out to be one of the most important hacking campaigns in history.
While we don’t have all the details, it is already clear that something is wrong with how our country protects itself against the hackers working for our adversaries in Russia, China, Iran and North Korea. As the Biden administration puts together its plan to secure the United States against these kinds of attacks, and Congress considers how to update the existing bipartisan cybersecurity consensus, I offer three initial fixes.

John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets(Tom McTague, The Atlantic)
He revealed more about the country’s ruling class than any political writer of his era.

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