America’s Chinese Tech Conundrum – The New York Times

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US policies towards technology from China do not always seem consistent.

The Biden administration is trying to figure out what to do about Chinese apps, including TikTok, which is owned by Chinese Internet giant ByteDance. U.S. officials have been concerned for years that the Chinese government could turn information collected through social media sites against Americans.

But the video game League of Legends – owned by China’s Tencent – is also popular in the US. Chinese e-commerce app Shin is popular among young Americans and collects information from their phones. Is that right

The US government has effectively banned smartphones from Chinese companies like Huawei. But US corporations are buying powerful computers called servers made by Chinese companies, and almost all the smartphones that Americans buy are made in Chinese factories. Is that right

There is a difference between a data-hogging application put together on a Chinese assembly line and a laptop. But with so much distrust of China among the U.S. public and politicians, it can be difficult for Americans to distinguish between legitimate national security or economic risks.

“There is an alarm alarmist about everything made in China, and I would say misleading,” said Dr. Graham T. Allison, a government professor at Harvard University.

Dr. Ellis told me that treating any technology linked to China as a major crisis could pose a threat to US security and power. He said the tactic is for policy makers and Americans to prioritize and fight China’s most dangerous technologies while advancing America itself.

This is a challenge facing Americans and our government: How should we approach a future in which important discoveries do not necessarily come from countries that share America’s values?

Until recently, Americans did not have to think much about this question. For the past half-century, the most essential global technologies have come from the US, including computer chips, number-crunching databases, personal computer software, and many popular applications such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

The future of technology, however, will not be the American clean sweep. Chinese companies will play a major role in online entertainment, electric vehicle technology, green energy and computer chips.

It may not be possible to try to block these technologies from our shores, and Americans may miss important innovations.

Also, if U.S. officials treat every Chinese app or software used by hotels as a national security threat, they could lose sight of China’s most serious tech threats – including relentless cyber attacks stealing information from U.S. companies and government agencies. .

My colleague David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent, told me that US policy toward Chinese technology may appear inconsistent from the outside because sanctions against Chinese companies are often announced piecemeal and Biden administration officials have not yet demonstrated a broader philosophy. Behind their actions.

But David also said that it is difficult for a single policy to cover multiple US objectives for regulating Chinese technology:

Dr. Ellison said the U.S. should be tougher on China’s tech and argue against the protectionism of its domestic technology than investing effectively in its own technology capabilities. Has become easier for. It has proposed the Million Talent Program to help promising foreign students stay in the U.S. and start tech companies.

The challenge for Americans and the government is when to build a wall against Chinese tech and when to allow competition. As technology becomes more global, the USA will need to commit a better crime by investing in the US, automatically fearing every technology coming from China.

  • A new chapter for leading technologists: Peter Thiel, an influential start-up financier and Republican Party donor, is stepping down as a member of the Facebook board after 17 years. My colleagues Ryan Mack and Mike Isaac report that Thiel former President Donald J. Wants to focus on supporting political candidates who support Trump’s agenda.

  • Real security concerns in virtual reality: Facebook’s virtual reality app, Horizon Worlds, is supposed to be limited to adults. But the Washington Post has found that young children are also on the site, and there appear to be few safety measures in place to protect them from potentially disruptive interactions with adults. (Subscription may be required.)

  • The world is now an industry: There are versions similar to the Viral Word game, recently acquired by The New York Times, for fans of History Buffs or Taylor Swift or “The Lord of the Rings,” protocol and NPR. There are only naughty words in a game called Lewdle.

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