About the Program

MEI's Cyber Program focuses on five broad and intersecting pillars:

  1. Emerging technologies: developing technologies like artificial intelligence, automation, 5G, biometrics, and cryptocurrencies and their impacts on economics, civil society, and security in the region.
  2. Cyber conflict: the exploitation of unauthorized access to networked devices for the purposes of espionage, disruption, or sabotage.
  3. Privacy and civil society: the impacts networked and emerging technologies have on privacy and the social contract in the Middle East.
  4. Information and influence campaigns: the public propagation of information and messages for strategic political advantage.
  5. Countering extremism online: terrorist and extremist use of the internet and social media, and methods to disrupt it.
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