US and allies to build 'China-free' tech supply chain | Facebook restores news after deal with Australian government | Twitter discloses networks of state-linked information operations
U.S. President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order as early as this month to accelerate efforts to build supply chains for chips and other strategically significant products that are less reliant on China, in partnership with the likes of Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Nikkei Asia
Facebook will lock in a flurry of deals with Australian media companies, with Seven West Media the first cab off the rank and Nine and News Corp Australia expected to follow in the coming days, following the social media giant brokering a deal with the government that will see it reverse its decision to block news. Australian Financial Review
Today Twitter disclosed four networks of accounts to its archive of state-linked information operations; the only archive of its kind in the industry. The networks they disclosed relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations that they attribute to Armenia, Russia and a previously disclosed network from Iran. Twitter
China's digital currency is a game changer (Part 2)
Money: Inside and Out
In early January I argued that a new era of digital currencies was upon us. More controversially, I contended that the most systemic changes will occur via CBDC rather than crypto per se. And China’s project, DCEP, is by far the most systemic of all. For today’s update, I introduce an important resource from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). This is the most comprehensive article available online, in terms of how DCEP is set to intercede upon geopolitics, and even national security agendas. To start, when I wrote back in early January I was blissfully unaware of the hard-hitting report from ASPI in October titled ‘The flipside of China’s central bank digital currency’, here. This runs to nearly 9,000 words, so it is not for the faint of heart. But it is a critically important contribution, that was meticulously researched and that illustrates first hand how DCEP is resonating through the upper echelon of defense and strategic think tanks in the West.
For more about ASPI ICPC’s research on China’s digital currency, read our report here.
Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations
Today we are disclosing four networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations; the only archive of its kind in the industry. The networks we are disclosing relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations that we have attributed to Armenia, Russia and a previously disclosed network from Iran.
Facebook to restore news in new deal with Australian government
Australian Financial Review
@Max Mason @Johnkehoe23
Facebook will lock in a flurry of deals with Australian media companies, with Seven West Media the first cab off the rank and Nine and News Corp Australia expected to follow in the coming days, following the social media giant brokering a deal with the government that will see it reverse its decision to block news.
Central banks of China and United Arab Emirates join digital currency project for cross-border payments
The Digital Currency Institute (DCI) of the People's Bank of China (PBC) and the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) have joined a central bank digital currency project for cross-border foreign currency payments.
US and allies to build 'China-free' tech supply chain
@Taisei Hoyama @Yu Nakamura
U.S. President Joe Biden is set to sign an executive order as early as this month to accelerate efforts to build supply chains for chips and other strategically significant products that are less reliant on China, in partnership with the likes of Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.
Lawmakers Call for Ambassador to Represent U.S. in Cyberspace
A group of congressional lawmakers is renewing its call for a cyber ambassador in the State Department, reviving a bill that created friction between Congress and the Trump administration.. The ambassador would act as a liaison to foreign officials, federal agencies and private companies, some of which have called for greater collaboration between governments to deter attacks. The official’s proposed mandate also includes promoting regulations that benefit U.S. businesses and protecting human rights.
Do we really want to copy China's 5G strategy?
The Washington Examiner
Although China and the U.S.’s 5G strategies both involve blending their 4G/LTE networks with their nascent 5G networks, the U.S. has allowed industry to lead the way where China’s plan relies heavily on its state-centralized power to build its network.
Al Jazeera to launch rightwing media platform targeting US conservatives
Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network that has previously sought to become a liberal media force in the US, is launching a platform to target conservatives, it was revealed on Tuesday.
Biden administration preparing to sanction Russia for SolarWinds hacks and the poisoning of an opposition leader
The Washington Post
The Biden administration is preparing sanctions and other measures to punish Moscow for actions that go beyond the sprawling SolarWinds cyber espionage campaign to include a range of malign cyber activity and the near-fatal poisoning of a Russian opposition leader, said U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built with Guns and Wire Cutters
The New York Times
The Myanmar soldiers descended before dawn on Feb. 1, bearing rifles and wire cutters. At gunpoint, they ordered technicians at telecom operators to switch off the internet. For good measure, the soldiers snipped wires without knowing what they were severing, according to an eyewitness and a person briefed on the events. The data center raids in Yangon and other cities in Myanmar were part of a coordinated strike in which the military seized power, locked up the country’s elected leaders and took most of its internet users offline.
South and Central Asia
Study details ways Russian and Iranian trolls tried to influence Canada's 2015 election
Before Russian internet trolls tried to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, they were already using social media in an attempt to sway voters in Canada. That's according to a new study from Simon Fraser University, which details the ways both Russian and Iranian trolls spread disinformation on Twitter in the lead-up to the 2015 Canadian election won by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
CrowdStrike Introduces New eCrime Index to Shed Light on Intensity of Cybercriminal Market
CrowdStrike Inc., the developer of cloud-delivered endpoint protection solutions, announced the release of the 2021 CrowdStrike Global Threat Report. The findings from the report reveal that during 2020, supply chain attacks, ransomware, data extortion, and nation-state threats prove to be more prolific than ever. Besides, the report uncovered the rising ransom demands from various eCrime actors, further adding that eCrime attacks made up 79% of all intrusions through hands-on-keyboard activity.
Can Auditing Eliminate Bias from Algorithms?
Rather than remove bias, one algorithm after another has codified and perpetuated it, as companies have simultaneously continued to more or less shield their algorithms from public scrutiny.
State-sponsored cyberattacks: Cybersecurity Tech Accord and Economist Intelligence Unit study reveals they are a major concern for businesses
In an effort to understand businesses’ perceptions of, and responses to, state-led and -sponsored cyberattacks and to identify effective policy solutions to mitigate the threat, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord partnered with The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on a new study: “Securing a shifting landscape: Corporate perceptions of nation-state cyber-threats.”
Artificial divide: How Europe and America could clash over AI
European Council on Foreign Relations
Close cooperation between Europe and the US is not a given: Europe sees the US as its main competitor in AI; the US wants to join forces against China on AI, but European interest in such a front is weak.
Tiktok without filters
The European Consumer Organisation
TikTok is already on the radar of several European authorities investigating possible violations of data protection and privacy rules (including issues relating to children’s privacy) and consumer laws.