US Sanctions on Companies Over Human Rights Concerns | China threats retaliations against Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei | Legal case against Uber to uncover app's algorithm
The Trump administration on Monday barred 11 new Chinese companies from purchasing American technology and products without a special license, saying the firms were complicit in human rights violations in China’s campaign targeting Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The New York Times
Beijing is considering retaliating against the Chinese operations of two major European telecommunication-equipment manufacturers, Nokia Corp. and Ericsson should European Union members follow the lead of the U.S. and U.K. in barring China’s Huawei Technologies Co. from 5G networks. The Wall Street Journal
Two UK drivers are demanding to see the huge amounts of data the ride-sharing company collects on them and how this is used to exert management control, including through automated decision-making that invisibly shapes their jobs. The Guardian
The Trump administration on Monday barred 11 new Chinese companies from purchasing American technology and products without a special license, saying the firms were complicit in human rights violations in China’s campaign targeting Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The list of sanctioned companies includes current and former suppliers to major international brands such as Apple, Ralph Lauren, Google, HP, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Muji, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think tank established by the Australian government..Nine of the companies that the Trump administration cited on Monday, including Changji Esquel Textile Co. Ltd., Nanchang O-Film Tech and Hetian Taida Apparel Co. Ltd., were added to the so-called entity list for their use of forced labor, the Commerce Department said. Two other companies, Xinjiang Silk Road BGI and Beijing Liuhe BGI, were added for conducting genetic analyses that were used to further the repression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, according to the announcement. The blacklist only prevents U.S. companies from selling components or technologies to Chinese companies without a license, not from purchasing products. In practice, however, major international brands are unlikely to continue doing business with any firm named on a government list for forced labor or other abuses in Xinjiang.
Read the US Department of Commerce’s press release here.
Read ASPI’s ‘Uyghurs for Sale’ report here.
‘Zero truth’: TikTok says China does not have access to user data
Owned by Bytedance, TikTok opened an office in Australia in recent weeks. The offices of both Home Affairs and the Attorney-General are discussing TikTok's operations, the sources said. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Government was "having a good look" at TikTok, which has also fallen under US scrutiny for "national security risks". Fergus Ryan, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, told the ABC earlier this year that: "The key difference between Facebook and Instagram and TikTok is that there really isn't much of a firewall between Chinese tech companies and the Chinese state."
China May Retaliate Against Nokia and Ericsson If EU Countries Move to Ban Huawei
The Wall Street Journal
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Beijing is considering retaliating against the Chinese operations of two major European telecommunication-equipment manufacturers, Nokia Corp. and Ericsson should European Union members follow the lead of the U.S. and U.K. in barring China’s Huawei Technologies Co. from 5G networks, according to people familiar with the matter.
‘Made in China' on the nose as push to tame Beijing gathers pace
The Sydney Morning Herald
Donald Trump’s coronavirus fuelled trade wars have started the process of remaking global supply chains with the express purpose of reducing the West's over-reliance on China’s low-cost but highly skilled manufacturing base.
TikTok fails to shake off authoritarian links to Chinese state
At first glance, TikTok is an unusual geopolitical flashpoint. The app, which offers a set of tools that make producing video fun and easy and in turn provides viewers with an endless stream of entertaining sub-minute clips, has more than half a billion users, with the majority aged under 30.
Huawei Infiltrates Australia Despite Chinese Espionage
The Daily Telegraph
Controversial Chinese tech giant Huawei is attracting new private and government contracts despite worldwide warnings about espionage and national security risks, a News Corp investigation can reveal.
Data crackdown lifts cyber exchange
The prudential regulator’s crackdown on the data protection practices of financial institutions dealing with third parties and COVID-19 has driven a surge in revenue growth for the cyber risk exchange firm backed by Telstra’s independent venture capital arm, Telstra Ventures.
Jack Ma’s Ant Group Plans Dual IPOs in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bypassing New York
The Wall Street Journal
Ant Group Co., the Chinese technology and financial-services giant that owns popular mobile-payments network Alipay, said it is planning initial public offerings in Hong Kong and Shanghai, bypassing New York as it seeks to accelerate its growth in China and abroad.
The Cybersecurity 202: Security pros form alliance to help hospitals facing hacking threats during pandemic
The Washington Post
Lawmakers are pushing for stiff consequences against Russia and China for hacking Western research into coronavirus vaccines – calling it a “life or death” issue. But stealing vaccine research during a global pandemic – seen as a digital extension of classic espionage – doesn’t directly violate rules of the road for which U.S. officials have spent years advocating in cyberspace. And some cybersecurity experts worry the push could undermine the effort to instill those global norms.
The Daily Beast
A small group of social media trolls are trying to pin last week’s accidental fire onboard a U.S. Navy ship on sabotage by “black separatists” within the U.S. military. One their key pieces of bogus evidence: a fake letter purporting to come from a possible Biden vice presidential pick.
Visiting Stanford University Researcher Charged with VISA Fraud
US Justice Department
Song Chen has been charged in a criminal complaint with visa fraud in connection with a scheme to lie about her status as an active member of the People’s Republic of China’s military forces while in the United States conducting research at Stanford University.
DHS Authorizes Domestic Surveillance to Protect Statues and Monuments
Protestors can reasonably expect that there will be ongoing DHS collection and analysis of public source information about - and likely the social media postings of - people involved in protests.
Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
The New York Times
When Google and Apple announced plans in April for free software to help alert people of their possible exposure to the coronavirus, the companies promoted it as “privacy preserving” and said it would not track users’ locations.
AG Racine Files Lawsuit to Resolve Presence of Dueling Boards at District Nonprofit Open Technology Fund
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Attorney General Karl A. Racine today filed a lawsuit to resolve a dispute between two dueling Boards of Directors that has paralyzed the Open Technology Fund (OTF), a District nonprofit. OTF, which supports encryption and anti-censorship tools for people living in repressive societies, is an independent nonprofit corporation organized and created under District law that receives grant funding from the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM).
Huawei 5G dominance threatened in Southeast Asia
Nikkei Asian Review
Huawei Technologies faces increasing headwinds in the global race for 5G network equipment, with Singapore becoming the latest country that has partnered with European makers.
Risk of China cyber attacks, DoT seeks security audit
The Indian Express
Following reports of a spike in coordinated cyber attacks by Chinese hackers, the Department of Telecommunications has written to all web portals and websites within its ambit to conduct a security audit and submit a compliance certificate as soon as possible.
Uber drivers to launch legal bid to uncover app's algorithm
Minicab drivers will launch a legal bid to uncover secret computer algorithms used by Uber to manage their work in a test case that could increase transparency for millions of gig economy workers across Europe.
Huawei says it's working with Telecom Italia despite 5G exclusion: paper
Huawei Technologies is working with Telecom Italia despite being shut out of a recent tender to supply new generation 5G technology, the chairman of the Chinese group’s Italian unit said in a newspaper interview.
TikTok potentially eyes Dublin for new headquarters after UK talks stall
Now it’s understood the social network is looking at alternatives, with Dublin reportedly being a leading candidate. At the start of this year, TikTok announced the opening of a new ‘trust and safety hub’ in Dublin, with plans to create around 100 jobs by the end of 2020.
Advertising giants agree to evaluate mutual definition of hate speech
The Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), an industry body consisting of the world's biggest advertising companies - including a few Big Tech companies - has agreed to evaluate some issues collectively, including deciding how to better define hate speech across the entire industry.
How Twitter Could Start a Nuclear War
Last week's Twitter hack revealed just how vulnerable Twitter is to malicious actors, but in many ways we were lucky. According to a research paper released just hours before the attack, a similar hack could pave the way to a nuclear war.
For the New Get WIRED Podcast, We Take a Close Look at Citizen
Citizen is an app that encourages people to live-stream incidents occurring in their neighborhoods. For the inaugural episode of the Get WIRED podcast, we wanted to go deeper. We wanted to understand exactly how the app works.
FinCyber Strategy Project: Working Group on Cybersecurity Workforce
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
In April 2020, Carnegie’s Cyber Policy Initiative launched a working group dedicated to cybersecurity workforce as part of its FinCyber Strategy Project focused on developing an “International Cybersecurity Strategy for the Global Financial System (2021-2024).”
Strategic Vision 2020: The ASPI Conference Series
As the world navigates through the stormy waters of a triple crisis: a global pandemic, a probable global depression, and sustained threats to the international rule of law. The urgent need is to find our strategic bearings, look beyond surface distractions and plan a path to security and stability. At a time when international travel is highly limited and large scale conference events are impossible, Strategic Vision 2020 will enable you to virtually access the best international thinkers and policy makers - all for free.
Program Manager/Senior Analyst
ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) has an outstanding opportunity for a talented, proactive and super efficient program manager/senior analyst to join its growing centre. The successful candidate will need to have a proven track record of leading teams and experience in project management including financial and stakeholder management (which will include industry, the Australian Government, Parliament and foreign governments). To succeed in this position candidates should have exceptional communication and problem-solving skills and experience in research, policy analysis or policy development.
ASPI’s International Cyber Policy Centre has an outstanding opportunity for a talented and proactive allrounder to join its growing centre. The ICPC is looking for someone who is an excellent writer and researcher and who is a team player - you will need to juggle multiple research projects that could span the range of topics listed above. This is not an entry level position. Analysts in ICPC have between 5-15 years’ relevant work experience and, depending on experience, are involved in stakeholder and project management, fundraising and the management of small teams.
Director of content for Facebook’s Oversight Board
The Oversight Board is a new body that will make binding and independent decisions about the most challenging content issues on Facebook and Instagram.