Applications and implications

In an opinion piece for the Hill, CSET's Dakota Cary explains how China's new rules on software vulnerabilities threaten cybersecurity.

Senior Fellow Andrew Lohn discusses the threats and vulnerabilities AI systems, especially the Pentagon's, are susceptible to in his recent CSET report Poison in the Well

House Intelligence Panel Spotlighting Microelectronics

American Institute of Physics
| July 19, 2021

CSET Research Analyst Will Hunt is testifying before a House Intelligence Subcommittee offering recommendations to advance the U.S.' semiconductor industry.

National Power After AI

Matthew Daniels Ben Chang
| July 2021

AI technologies will likely alter great power competitions in foundational ways, changing both how nations create power and their motives for wielding it against one another. This paper is a first step toward thinking more expansively about AI & national power and seeking pragmatic insights for long-term U.S. competition with authoritarian governments.

CSET's Emily Weinstein discusses Congress' narrow focus on China and its talent recruitment programs as part of a national security strategy to protect U.S. interests and scientific research

As the use ofAI technology becomes more common, more problems arise prompting the need for policy and government responses, according to CSET's Helen Toner.

AI Accidents: An Emerging Threat

Zachary Arnold Helen Toner
| July 2021

As modern machine learning systems become more widely used, the potential costs of malfunctions grow. This policy brief describes how trends we already see today—both in newly deployed artificial intelligence systems and in older technologies—show how damaging the AI accidents of the future could be. It describes a wide range of hypothetical but realistic scenarios to illustrate the risks of AI accidents and offers concrete policy suggestions to reduce these risks.

CSET's Anna Puglisi discusses U.S. national security concerns over the use of genetic data from prenatal tests for research and testing by the Chinese military.

China’s National Cybersecurity Center

Dakota Cary
| July 2021

China’s National Cybersecurity Center (NCC) resides on a 40 km2 plot in Wuhan. As one indication of its significance, the Chinese Communist Party’s highest-ranking members have an oversight committee for the facility. Over the next decade, the NCC will provide the talent, innovation, and indigenization of cyber capabilities that China’s Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Public Security, and People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force hacking teams lack. Though still under construction, the NCC’s first class of graduates will cross the stage in June 2022.

Rethinking Research Security

Lawfare
| June 24, 2021

In an opinion piece for Lawfare, Emily Weinstein and her coauthor Ainikki Riikonen argue that the U.S. Department of Justices' China Initiative is counterproductive to U.S. innovation and offer recommendations to improve research security.