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Coronavirus

Trust and Transparency: Antidotes against Corona Conspiracies

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This blog belongs to the CSS’ coronavirus blog series, which forms a part of the center’s analysis of the security policy implications of the coronavirus crisis. See the CSS special theme page on the coronavirus for more.

Many theories are circling around the origin of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Although scientists agree that the virus has not been manipulated, rumors persist about the possibility that it leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan or that it is a biological weapon. The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) bans biological weapons, but lacks effective control mechanisms. Strengthening the BTWC could help in reducing the uncertainty that provides a basis for conspiracy theories.

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Coronavirus

Die Schweiz hat mit einer anderen Pandemie gerechnet, aber flexibel geplant

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Dieser Blogbeitrag gehört zur Coronavirus-Blog-Reihe des CSS, die einen Teil des Forschungsprojektes zu den sicherheitspolitischen Implikationen der Corona-Krise bildet. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der CSS-Sonderthemenseite zur Corona-Krise.

Der Pandemieplan der Schweiz fokussiert auf Influenzaviren. Wie nützlich ist das in einer Corona-Pandemie? Hat die Schweiz für den falschen Fall geplant? Die Antwort ist ja – und nein. Viele Checklisten und Tabellen des Influenza-Pandemieplans lassen sich in der Corona-Pandemie nur bedingt nutzen. Gleichzeitig ist der Plan aber von der Idee der «systemischen Flexibilität» durchdrungen. Weil eine Pandemie nie so stattfindet, wie im Szenario durchgespielt, müssen sich die Schweiz und ihr Gesundheitssystem anpassungsfähig zeigen.

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Politics Coronavirus

Europe’s Outlier: Belarus and Covid-19

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This blog belongs to the CSS’ coronavirus blog series, which forms a part of the center’s analysis of the security policy implications of the coronavirus crisis. See the CSS special theme page on the coronavirus for more.

Instead of taking meaningful measures, the Belarusian government downplayed the threat of the coronavirus and suggested obscure cures. This is a dangerous bet by a regime afraid of economic downturn and appearing weak – similar to several other regimes with strongman leaders. Given Belarusians lack faith in the government’s response and official data, they are taking personal responsibility for their fate. This goes against the grain of the political culture in the country and underscores that authoritarian regimes’ habitual methods may reach their limits during such a crisis.

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Cyber Coronavirus

Why the Covid-19 Crisis Offers an Opportunity for Lasting Change in Cybersecurity

This blog belongs to the CSS’ coronavirus blog series, which forms a part of the center’s analysis of the security policy implications of the coronavirus crisis. See the CSS special theme page on the coronavirus for more.

Millions are now working from home with unfamiliar software, providing massive opportunities for malicious actors. In response, volunteers from the information security sector have formed collaborative initiatives to disseminate urgently needed information to the public. This post examines how the current crisis conditions enabled the formation of the COVID-19 Cyber Threat Coalition (CTC), the largest of these initiatives, based on an interview with the founder. It also identifies an opportunity to institutionalize a similar, need-based threat information platform through government action.

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Politics Coronavirus

The Coronavirus and Regime-Protestor Dynamics in Algeria

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This blog belongs to the CSS’ coronavirus blog series, which forms a part of the center’s analysis of the security policy implications of the coronavirus crisis. See the CSS special theme page on the coronavirus for more.

The corona crisis is a double-edged sword for the Algerian regime. The lockdown and curfew is playing in the regime’s favor by bringing temporary relief from protests. Yet, the long-term consequences of the crisis will test the regime’s ability to manage economic recovery and popular dissent.