The US has blacklisted Huawei, a Chinese manufacturer of network equipment and smartphones, for doing exactly what it demands of its own companies: Feed data to the government surveillance machine. Surveillance and authoritarianism are breaking up the internet and technology markets along Cold War lines.
The US has placed Chinese telecoms manufacturer Huawei on a blacklist of companies that supposedly threaten national security. Huawei is the largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer in the world, and the second-largest maker of smartphones, after Samsung. With 180,000 employees and $7-billion in profit on revenue of almost $90-billion, it was ranked 72ndon the 2017 Fortune 500 list.
The US decision effectively prohibits American companies from installing Huawei networking gear, or to export components to Huawei. This follows an executive order that didn’t name China or Huawei, but laid the groundwork for making such a trade ban possible. American officials have also told allies that it would stop sharing intelligence with them if they use Huawei or other Chinese technology to build out their next-generation networks……more