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Washington, D.C.
Deputy Editor, Passcode — Christian Science Monitor
Covers:  national security, foreign policy, foreign aid, war, congress, drones, counterterrorism, intelligence, cybersecurity, defense industry, export control

Deputy editor of @CSMPasscode, covering security & privacy in the digital age. Former National Journal nat'l security correspondent

Sara Sorcher's Biography

Sara Sorcher is the deputy editor of a forthcoming cybersecurity and technology section at the Christian Science Monitor. Previously, she was National Journal's national security correspondent. Her work at the magazine from 2013 won the National Press Club's Michael Dornheim award. Before joining the newsroom in September 2010, Sorcher worked as a freelance journalist in Israel. Her print and video packages have been featured with major outlets including ...

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National Press Club Award

2014 - Michael A. Dornheim award for defense reporting
From the judges: “Sara’s work explored defense procurement, civil applications of unmanned aerial vehicles, federal budgeting and congressional oversight. Sara combine dogged reporting and deft writing to produce stories that explained the sweeping political and economic forces affecting defense and aerospace – but also with an eye for the perfect illustrative detail.”

What was your first job as a journalist?

During college, I was an intern with ABC News 20/20 & Primetime in NYC.

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What's your favorite social network?

Twitter for news, Facebook for sharing.

Influencers: OPM chief should be held responsible for breach — The Office of Personnel Management chief should be held responsible for the lapse in security that led to the breach of millions of personal records, a whopping 84 percent of Passcode's pool of security and privacy experts said.

Peter Singer: How a future World War III could be a cyberconflict — Peter Singer, strategist at New America think tank, is coauthor of forthcoming novel 'Ghost Fleet,' which explores what would happen if digital warfare erupts between nations. What could World War III look like? If the growing spate nation-state hacks is any indication, it'll be waged by computers and over networks.

Podcast: Cory Doctorow on science fiction, surveillance and World War III — On The Cybersecurity Podcast, Passcode's Sara Sorcher and New America's Peter Singer interview science fiction author Doctorow and DARPA's Dan Kaufman about the surveillance state and futuristic new technology in anticipation of future cyberconflicts. With Internet technology advancing so quickly, what could a future World War III look like?

Security pros: Cyberthreat info-sharing won’t be as effective as Congress thinks — Though there's renewed momentum in Congress to finally pass a cybersecurity information-sharing bill, technology industry professionals say the proposals will primarily help government and won't aid the private sector. Members of Congress have renewed interest in passing a cybersecurity bill after hackers breached the Office of Personnel Management and compromised the personal information of millions of federal employees.

Influencers: US plan to limit export of software vulnerabilities a bad idea — Three-quarters of Passcode's Influencers worry that changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement could hinder legitimate analysis of computer security weaknesses. A strong majority of Passcode's Influencers oppose a new proposal by the US Commerce Department to further restrict the export of most software vulnerabilities.

Influencers oppose US plan to limit export of software flaws — A strong majority of Passcode's Influencers oppose a new proposal by the US Commerce Department to further restrict the export of most software vulnerabilities. While the changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement, the 41-country agreement that governs arms exports, were offered in large part to help block the export of military-grade spyware to repressive regimes, 77 percent of Passcode's Influencers worry the new rules could, as an unintended side effect, hinder legitimate analysis of computer security weaknesses.

NSA surveillance debate gives rise to bipartisan civil liberties coalition — Behind the scenes, the battle to curb National Security Agency call records surveillance catalyzed an unlikely coalition that bridged far-left and far-right political divides. When the clock struck midnight on June 1, the National Security Agency's sweeping call records surveillance program ended. The expiration was a major loss for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellof Kentucky.

Will our future Internet be paradise or dystopia? — What we learned from an Atlantic Council event discussing digital trends and possible scenarios for the world's online future. What does the perfect Internet look like? The paradisiacal vision of its future - a scenario Atlantic Council senior fellow Jason Healey calls "Cyber Shangri La" - is one in which the dreams of Silicon Valley come true: New technologies are born and implemented quickly; secure online access is a human right.

Schiff: If surveillance reform fails in Congress, Obama should act alone — Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee, also says the National Security Agency is partly to blame if reform efforts fail in Congress. The surveillance reform standoff is sparking a feeling of déjà vu on Capitol Hill. Especially for California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff.

Exploring the identity economy

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