Weaponized Interdependence

The Transatlantic Data War

“In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the United States began to exploit interdependence, deliberately using its economic power as an instrument of national security…Despite publicly promoting an open and secure Internet, it has privately undermined online communications and surreptitiously created vast international surveillance systems in cooperation with close allies including the United Kingdom. In short, the United States has leveraged the world’s reliance on its economy to influence and spy on foreigners.” Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, in Foreign Affairs (December 14, 2015).

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