President Trump says US must win the race to 5G

Written on Monday, 15 April 2019 08:01
US President Donald Trump and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have announced a number of new initiatives and projects that it believes will help accelerate its 5G network growth ambitions in the United States.

US reveals new 5G funding plan

Written on Monday, 15 April 2019 06:59
US officials revealed a plan to accelerate their deployment of 5G wireless networks with new funding estimated at $20.4 billion to build high-speed internet in rural areas. At a White House event, the plans were unveiled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to host new spectrum auctions for 5G technology which aims to “improve Americans’ lives in so many ways” according to FCC chairman Ajit Pai.
On Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British Police at the embassy of Ecuador in London.

Monaco welcomes Chinese President amid 5G tech worries

Written on Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:26
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Monaco, the only country in Europe that is not worried about the country’s aim to dominate the tech industry on a global scale. On Sunday, Xi visited Monaco for the first time as part of his European tour which has been interesting to say the least as many countries have tried to limit the country’s appetite for growth in the tech industry. The palace of Monaco stated that the country was looking to cooperate with…

US judge places temporary ban on iPhone imports

Written on Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:07
On Tuesday, a US trade judge has called for a ban of some iPhone imports as Apple was found to have violated a Qualcomm chipmaker patent. International Trade Commission administrative law specialist MaryJoan McNamara recommended a “limited exclusion order together with a cease and desist order” against the tech ginat. Since the iPhone does not compeet with Qualcomm products, Apple will not be required to post a bond while US President Donald Trump and a panel of judges review the…

EU to ignore Huawei ban suggestion from US

Written on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 08:55
The 28 EU members have been asked to share some data to assess any risks involved with the rollout of 5G technology in Europe, according to Reuters. The Reuters report stated that Andrus Ansip, head of the European Commission, is set to make the recommendations on Tuesday. Ansip plans to use the processes which are outlined in the directive on network and information systems from 2016 and has also very recently passed the Cyber Security Act. For the past couple…
Security researcher Victor Gevers has uncovered a database of 1.8 million women in China who have their names, addresses, marital status, education levels, and phone numbers listed however the most troubling part of this database is the fact that women of a certain age group were also categorized as “breed ready”. Gevers has said that anyone with an IP address has access to this database. This comes after his discovery of the Chinese database that leaked 300 million private messages…

House of Lords call for new centralized Digital Regulator

Written on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 08:16
The House of Lords has called for a new central digital super-regulator to be created in order to inspect the different bodies protecting the internet and to replace the ‘clearly failing’ system of self regulation in place. The Lords’ communications committee report has recommended a new Digital Authority. The report warns that the contribution of several regulators for the digital realm can be more problematic than helpful as it creates overlaps and gaps. The report also states that large tech…

France to increase taxes on internet giants

Written on Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:35
French President Emmanuel Macron has planned to implement an increase in taxes on internet giants such as Google and Facebook. After failing to convince his European counterparts to introduce it as an EU-wide tax, he decided to implement it in his own country. Many EU officials were against the idea such as Ireland which is well-known for its low-tax jurisdictions. The matter will be discussed by cabinet ministers and then submitted to Parliament. The proposal put forward regarding the new…
The profiles and personal messages of 364 million users of Chinese social media sites were leaked online, exposing private records such as photos and identity card numbers which were being gathered by the Chinese government through a surveillance program. Cybersecurity researcher for the NGO GDI Foundation, Victor Gevers, revealed in a series of tweets that the Chinese government was using a social media surveillance program which was “retrieving messages per province from 6 social platforms and extracts named, ID numbers,…

Trump reconsiders 5G nationalization plan

Written on Thursday, 07 March 2019 08:04
US president Donald Trump revisited a previous plan to nationalize 5G in the US after it had been previously scrapped in 2018 due to industry backlash. President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign backtracked on the prospect of 5G wireless technology after it seemed to contradict the White House’s administration policy. Trump’s admin began to discuss this prospect in January 2018 in an attempt to one-up their main competitor, China. Politico reported that this plan would ensure the government have full…
Taiwanese electronic colossus Foxconn has now admitted that it is currently reassessing its plans to invest in a new $10bn factory in Wisconsin. When first announced it was hailed as a significant win for US President Donald Trump who had promised rust-belt states that he would breathe new life into the manufacturing sector and create millions of jobs. However, that deal now may be dead in the water due to the ongoing dispute between Beijing and Washington that is becoming…
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