The digital iron curtain of America’s plan to expand “net” is falling slowly


South China Morning Post
Source: works of tiger sniffer mobile information group
Compiler Zhu Jingying
U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced at a state Department news conference on August 5 (US Eastern time) that the trump administration will expand the “clean network program” to protect US assets and security.
In this speech, pompeio pointed to Chinese technology companies, naming Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent and Huawei as threats to information security in the United States. He said he would purify operators, app stores, apps, cloud storage and cables to form a “clean network”, and called on US allies to join the plan and build an information security fortress. The five new measures are an extension of the “5g clean Path Initiative” announced by pompeio in April this year.
Like all his previous speeches, this speech is still fierce and biased against Chinese enterprises. At the time when tiktok may be acquired by Microsoft, there are also rumors that the United States will introduce measures against wechat. Pompeio once again launches this “network purification” declaration, which represents that there may be more Chinese enterprises becoming the next Huawei or tiktok in the future
This may be the trump administration’s pandering to voters before the November election, but the undeniable fact is that for a long time to come, the United States may continue to question Chinese enterprises, and the digital iron curtain is slowly falling.
Pompeio’s Declaration on expanding the “clean up network project” is translated as follows:
The “clean network program” is a comprehensive measure taken by the trump government to protect the privacy of American citizens and the sensitive information of American enterprises from being obtained by hostile intruders. Today, I’m announcing five new initiatives to protect America’s critical telecommunications and technology infrastructure.
This project is based on internationally recognized digital trust standards, and is based on the 5g clean path initiative, which was released on April 29, 2020, to ensure that data transmitted through 5g networks can enter the diplomatic systems inside and outside the United States safely.
Five new measures for the construction of “purification network” are announced as follows:
Clean up operators: some operators pose a potential threat to the national security of the United States, so they should not be allowed to provide international telecommunication services to and from the United States. Clean up the app store: remove untrusted apps from the U.S. mobile app store. Some apps threaten our privacy, spread viruses and fake information. The personal and business information of American citizens must be protected on mobile phones to prevent them from being used and stolen. Clean app: prevent some smartphone manufacturers, such as Huawei, from pre installing the most popular U.S. apps or making them downloadable. The companies that develop U.S. apps should not work with Huawei, they should remove their apps from Huawei’s app store. Purify cloud storage: prevent others from obtaining personal information of American citizens through cloud storage of Alibaba, Baidu, Tencent and other companies, intellectual property rights of the United States, and Research on new coronavirus vaccine. Clean up cables: ensure that the submarine cables connecting the U.S. and global networks are not subverted to be used for large-scale intelligence gathering. We work with overseas partners to ensure that submarine cables covering the world are not subject to similar damage.
The development momentum of “clean up network plan” is strong. More than 30 countries and regions have become “clean countries”, and many large global telecom companies have become “clean telcos”. Everyone is committed to the exclusive use of trustworthy suppliers in a clean network.
The United States calls on global allies to join the trend to ensure data security and to build a clean bastion for citizens to ensure the security of all countries.
The announcement comes after trump announced that Microsoft or other U.S. companies would be allowed to complete negotiations on the acquisition of tiktok by September 15. Speaking at the White House on Tuesday, trump said tiktok’s business is successful and popular with children, but the United States cannot afford the security risks of companies like tiktok and Huawei.
“President trump mentioned the action to be taken against tiktok, and he has good reasons to do so. Because the parent company is located in China, applications like tiktok, wechat and other applications pose a significant threat to the personal data of U.S. citizens. “