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Raffaela Wakeman
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 10:16 AM
I am officially declaring cybersecurity legislation to be today's big story of the day.

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I am officially declaring cybersecurity legislation to be today's big story of the day. The Hill has a slew of stories on the politics of getting a compromise bill passed, including this piece detailing Senator Harry Reid's reaction to the idea of a GOP filibuster of the bill, a story on the Democrats' efforts to get technology companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon to give their stamps of approval, and this report on retiring Senator Joe Lieberman's confidence in emerging victorious from that persnickety hurtle known as the motion to proceed that has plagued the Senate in this Congress. Moving on to other issues with the prefix "cyber," the AP has this report on the Pentagon's struggle with detailing rules for conducting cyberwar. Meanwhile, the DOJ is hard at work  training its prosecutors on combating and prosecuting cyber espionage. Our quotation of the day comes from John Carlin, the principal deputy in the national security division, in this Washington Post article, on why such training is happening: "We are very vulnerable." And one of the White House's experts on cybersecurity issues, Daniel Weitzner, is leaving his post as the Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the Office of Science and Technology Policy to head back up to my alma mater to return to teaching and research. Jennifer Martinez at The Hill has the story. It seems that now that the country of Mali is on our radar as a hotbed for terrorist activities, we seem to actually care about its goings-on. Adam Nossiter of the New York Times reports on the worsening violence in the capital Bamako. The Economist has a lot to say about our digital surveillance laws. For more interesting law and security-related articles, follow us on Twitter, visit the Georgetown Center on National Security and the Law’s Security Law Brief, Fordham Law’s Center on National Security’s Morning Brief, and Fordham Law’s Cyber Brief. Email us noteworthy articles we may have missed at and

Raffaela Wakeman is a Senior Director at In-Q-Tel. She started her career at the Brookings Institution, where she spent five years conducting research on national security, election reform, and Congress. During this time she was also the Associate Editor of Lawfare. From there, Raffaela practiced law at the U.S. Department of Defense for four years, advising her clients on privacy and surveillance law, cybersecurity, and foreign liaison relationships. She departed DoD in 2019 to join the Majority Staff of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she oversaw the Intelligence Community’s science and technology portfolios, cybersecurity, and surveillance activities. She left HPSCI in May 2021 to join IQT. Raffaela received her BS and MS in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009 and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 2015, where she was recognized for her commitment to public service with the Joyce Chiang Memorial Award. While at the Department of Defense, she was the inaugural recipient of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s General Counsel Award for exhibiting the highest standards of leadership, professional conduct, and integrity.

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