The Cyberlaw Podcast: Interview with Amb. Nathan Sales

By Stewart Baker
Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 8:15 PM

Our interview this week is with , the State Department’s counterterrorism coordinator. We cover a Trump administration diplomatic achievement in the field of technology and terrorism that has been surprisingly under covered (or maybe it’s not surprising at all, depending on how cynical you are about press coverage of the Trump administration). We also explore new terrorism technology challenges and opportunities in social media, State’s role in designating terrorists, the difference a decade can make in tech and terror policy, and how the ambassador lost his cowboy boots.

In the news roundup, China seems to be hiding behind half our stories this week. Brian Egan and I sift through the entrails of on the takeover fight charts, where Chinese competition in 5G is an ever-present subtext.

More broadly, we point to a flood of stories suggesting that the U.S. government is just beginning to struggle with the challenge posed by an . These include accusations of “,” naïve and , and what amounts to a .

The says digital coin exchanges may be unlawful; . But , in his first appearance on the podcast, expresses some doubt about the SEC’s authority over many of the businesses the agency called out.

The SEC wants something else to worry about, maybe it should be paying more attention to the , where techno-privacy zealots are getting ready to cripple the ability of business enterprises to secure their networks and comply with employee monitoring requirements. Living down to my rock-bottom view of privacy campaigners, the IETF seems to be saying that in order to signal their virtue on privacy issues, they are happy to sacrifice our security – and compliance with law.

Part of the problem may be a ; Matthew and chew over the cyber staffing crisis in government, and what can be done about it.

Finally, Jamil and Matthew comment on that the FBI is not looking to blow a regulatory whistle on data-breached companies that ask for the Bureau’s help.

Our guest interview is with , ambassador-at-large and coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department.

As always, the Cyberlaw Podcast is open to feedback. Send your questions, suggestions for interview candidates or topics to  or leave a message at +1 202 862 5785.

The Cyberlaw Podcast is hiring a part-time intern for our Washington, DC offices. If you are interested, visit our website at Steptoe.com/careers.

. We are also on , and  (available for Android and Google Chrome)!

The views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not reflect the opinions of the firm.