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Why liberal democracies have a distinct edge on cyber capability

According to a recent report on the cyber capabilities of 15 countries, the US is the world’s only cyber superpower. China is the leading power in the next tier, along with Russia, the UK, Israel, France, Australia and Canada. India is placed in the third tier, alongside Iran, Japan, Malaysia,...

Technopolitik #3 Of Myths and Delusions – Mirage of high-tech self-sufficiency,Porous Censorship,Emerging tech and risk reduction, 5GW, and Game of drones

Read the full edition and subscribe here Matsyanyaaya #1: High-Tech Self-Sufficiency is a Delusion — Pranay Kotasthane (An edited version of this article first appeared in Times of India Plus on 22nd June 2021) The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies....

‘Gray zone’ intrigue may derail Russia-Japan cooperation

Read the Full Text of the Article on Asia Times  Rightly or wrongly, Moscow may interpret recent events as ‘war by other means’ waged by US ally Japan Russia and its adversaries are equally obsessed with a full spectrum of “gray zone” activities, including high-tech military, industrial and corporate espionage. While Russia does...

Technopolitik #2 Fog of War – DARPA wannabes, Autonomous Weapons, Influence Operations,and Japan’s Siliconpolitik move

Read the full edition and subscribe here Competitive Advantage: Everyone Wants to DARPA — Pranay Kotasthane Japan. The UK. Germany. Even the US. These countries are now attempting their own versions of the original Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The success of DARPA’s 2013 grant to Moderna for using m-RNA...

How to beat China in the high-tech race

The near-daily cadence of reports highlighting China’s growing technology prowess has set the cat among the pigeons in many democracies. In response, these countries are now offering higher subsidies and fatter incentives to increase the competitiveness of their own technology industries. The US Senate, for instance, passed a $250 billion...

Cyber threats now sit alongside nuclear ones – India needs a formal national strategy

The US-Russian meeting in Geneva on 15 June signified an attempt by both sides to arrest the pace of a worsening relationship. The US, as the aggrieved party, accused the Russians of cyberattacks. US President Joe Biden handed over a list of 16 ‘critical infrastructure’ entities and warned that if they were attacked, the US will respond in a ‘cyber way’. Russian...

MisDisMal-Information 43: Of the many influences of influence

This is an excerpt from Edition 43 of MisDisMal-Information For the complete edition, go to: Of the many influences of influence – MisDisMal-Information ( The influence of Influence This was prompted by recent investigations on influence operations from India (DFRLabs -covered in 42) and Pakistan (Graphika Labs). I’ve divided the section into 3 parts:...

Technopolitik #1 Information Age Politics Cybersecurity, US-China Tech War, and Internet Models

Read the full edition and subscribe here Cyberpolitik #1: China’s actions create common ground for cooperation — Aditya Pareek China does not shrink from using asymmetric means to achieve its political and geostrategic goals. Cybersecurity is an important emergent asymmetric domain where Chinese, North Korean and Russian grey zone activities have...

Takshashila Discussion Document – The Long March 5b Incidents

Download the Discussion Document as a PDF Executive Summary The launch of the Tianhe module of China’s Tiangong-3 space station was followed by two incidents of note One, immediately after the separation of the module from the core stage, both made close pass to the International Space Station, sparking speculation...

Anticipating the Unintended #127: What Makes an Ideology?

India Policy Watch: Radically Networked Succour Insights on burning policy issues in India — Pranay Kotasthane When the going gets tough, we become desperate for signs of hope. Unfortunately, the union government has inspired no such thing. It has instead opted for image management over accepting responsibility, complacency over taking...
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