Tara Copp writes for Defense One: The Biden administration announced new measures—but no sanctions—early Monday aimed at exposing and disrupting China’s government-sponsored cyber criminal activities. The new approach relies heavily on allies collectively putting sanctions on China to pressure them to stop, senior administration officials said. “No one action can change China’s behavior in cyberspace and neither can just one country acting on its own,” the officials said.
- The current COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed India’s digital inequalities.
- One of these is the digital gender gap, with only a third of women owning a mobile phone compared to two thirds of men.
- Campaigners say smartphones can be instrumental in helping women – giving them greater autonomy and access to services and information.
- Visibility and data-sharing are critical for 21st century supply chain and logistics management.
- Trading restrictions caused by COVID-19 create opportunities for start-ups.
- 3D-printing, robotics and the internet of things allow for a much more distributed way of manufacturing and operating.
The UK government has reportedly released an update on their plans to phase out Huawei technology by 2027, now introducing a ban on the installation of new Huawei 5G equipment from September 2021. The decision follows plans announced in July declaring that UK firms will be barred from purchasing new Huawei equipment beginning in January 2021, due to national security concerns. The new announcement means that telecoms companies who have bought Huawei equipment ahead of the January date will not be able to utilize it for long term 5G rollouts. Some companies have allegedly been stockpiling Huawei products since the July announcement.
Parliament will be debating new legislation regarding the topic this week, commencing the process of enshrining the ban in law and deciding how it will be enforced. Under the UK’s Telecommunications Security Bill, companies could be fined up to 10% of turnover if they fail to comply with the standards. Several firms such as Ericsson and Nokia have been competing to win contracts to replace Huawei’s equipment, however, the government has declared that it plans to invest £250 million in small businesses to aid them in reducing the impact of removing Huawei equipment.
Bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the House would form an Energy Secretary-led, $10 million grant program to support local governments, electric utility companies, universities and others in pinpointing the most sensible locations for future electric vehicle charging stations.