China: Pointing a Way to Technology Solution That Sort of Works?

August 3, 2021

China is reasonably good in technology. China is also okay with facial recognition, facial recognition, and exploiting security vulnerabilities despite the best efforts of US cyber threat defense vendors.

China also may have figured out a way to jerk on the halter of the fast-moving technology stallions. How is this possible that a country many people think of as a producer of the inflatable unicorns favored by some Twitch influencers.

China may have a test underway to determine the efficacy of keeping digital services from altering the course of the good old ship of state in the Middle Kingdom.

China Cracks Down on Its Tech Giants. Sound Familiar?” reports as only a “real news” outfit can just note that the url available to me could go dead. Not much I can do, gentle reader. Because Microsoft… :

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced a six-month campaign on Monday to regulate internet companies, particularly practices that “disrupt market order, damage consumer rights, or threaten data security.” That followed repeated fines against tech giants including Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent for violating antitrust laws, and a new plan to restrict overseas listings by Chinese companies.

It certainly appears from my vantage point in rural Kentucky that China wants to prevent the social complexities visible to anyone with a TikTok account. Heavy handed? Many may find Chinese regulators’ actions at odds with US methods.

That may be the point. If the crackdown works, China is making clear that the “Pacific century” is indeed the path forward. The interesting behavior of some people in the US, France, and other Western nation states suggests that a fresh or different approach should be tested.

This crackdown is, in my opinion, pretty significant. Will Russia hop on board the repression maglev? Oh, right, Russia boarded at an earlier stop.

Times and policies are changing and in real time.

Stephen E Arnold, August 3, 2021


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