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The Huawei Fuss and Implications For Africa’s Cyber Security

The last decade has seen unprecedented advances in technology, from machine learning used to forecast patient health outcomes to renewable energy and biofuels adopted across a range of advanced, emerging, and developing market economies. While there is much bluster about machine learning, robotics, and data science, 5G ...

Reuters: Suspected Chinese Hackers Stole AU Surveillance Video

For the second time in two years, China is being accused of spying on the headquarters of the African Union. A new report published today by the Reuters news service alleges that suspected Chinese hackers infiltrated AU servers and obtained video surveillance files from the ...

New Allegations That China Spied on the AU Spark a Flashback to Similar Accusations in 2018

Reuters' exclusive report that suspected Chinese hackers penetrated the African Union's IT networks to siphon off data prompted many to think "uh oh, here we go again," and recalling similar accusations back in 2018. In 2018, 

China’s Cryptocurrency Now Has a Foothold in Places Like Africa With the Introduction of Huawei’s Latest Phone

Huawei unveiled its new Mate 40 smartphone on Friday that for the first time comes preinstalled with a built-in e-wallet that uses China's digital yuan or cryptocurrency. Although the Mate 40 will go on sale in most of Africa's ...

South Africa’s Largest Mobile Telcos Brush Aside U.S. Concerns About Huawei 5G Equipment

Three of South Africa's largest mobile operators do not seem that concerned by U.S. efforts to discourage companies and countries around the world from using equipment made by the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The companies, Vodacom, MTN, and Rain, all said they're comfortable integrating ...

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Which Way is West?

One of the fun aspects of the China-Africa Project is that we don’t always agree. The work of pulling in different perspectives means that how we see reality is itself a negotiation, drawing on our different backgrounds. For example, one of the issues where Eric and I diverge is on whether the concept of The West makes any sense.

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The New U.S. Plan to Challenge Huawei is Dead on Arrival in Africa

The United States is stepping up its efforts to try and contain Chinese tech companies like Huawei with a new development financing program that aims to persuade countries in places like Africa to avoid using equipment made by the telecom giant. ...

Tech Update: Kenya Follows U.S. With Calls to Investigate TikTok, Washington’s Huawei Crackdown Could Hurt American Development Efforts

TIKTOK:  "Senator Iman Falhada is calling on the government "to safeguard the metadata of Kenyans that is being collected by the TikTok." Another senator, Mwaura Isaac Maigua, argued that suggested policies relating to social media privacy shouldn't be limited to TikTok but should apply to all other ...

Tecno’s Response to This Week’s Malware PR Crisis: “Keep Calm and Carry On”

The news that Chinese-owned African mobile phone giant Tecno sold tens of thousands of phones infected with malicious viruses between 2018 and 2019 is now a major international story. CNN, the BBC and dozens of African news outlets have been ...

Tecno Dismisses Malware Allegations, Saying It’s Old News

The Chinese-owned African mobile phone giant Tecno is rebutting new accusations that its W2 phones came pre-installed with malware. In a statement sent to the Nigerian tech news website Silicon Nigeria on Tuesday, Tecno claimed that the Triada malware was first discovered in April 2018 ...

Pre-Installed Malware on Some Tecno Phones Stole Money, Data From Unsuspecting Users in Africa

An investigation by the mobile security firm Secure-D confirmed that some Tecno phones sold in Africa and other parts of the world came pre-installed with malware. The infected phones would secretly download apps and attempt to trick users into subscribing for paid ...
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