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The U.S. will Find Persuading Africans to Abandon Huawei a Tough Sell

The UK's decision to remove Huawei equipment from its new 5G network marks a significant win for the United States, who's been lobbying governments for years to stop using the Chinese telecom company's gear.  The U.S. alleges, so far without evidence, ...

Why the U.S. Campaign Against Huawei Will Fail in Africa

For the first time in years, the United States is seeing progress in its relentless effort to persuade/force/cajole (it really depends on your viewpoint) countries against using networking equipment from the Chinese telecom giant Huawei. The UK's recent decision to ban Huawei gear from its ...

Growing Outrage in Nigeria Over Social Media Bill and First Lady’s Suggestion to Emulate China

Anger is mounting in Nigeria over the prospect of a Chinese-style social media bill that would regulate speech on the Internet. Activists turned to Twitter to vent their frustration over the bill and last week's comments by First Lady Aisha Buhari who suggested that if China can ...

Nigeria, Zimbabwe Move Forward With Controversial Chinese-Inspired Social Media Laws

Nigeria's First Lady, Aisha Buhari, said the time has come to regulate social media and online content and that the spread of lies and fake news is "getting completely out of hand.”  In a speech on Friday to the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs,  the First Lady ...

Chinese Companies Are Reportedly Shaping United Nations AI Standards Which Could Have Significant Ramifications in Africa

Several of China's largest telecommunications communications companies including ZTE, Dahua and China Telecom are reportedly working closely with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to shape influence standards for facial recognition, video monitoring, and city and vehicle surveillance, according to leaked documents published by the Financial ...

China to Challenge Facebook’s Libra With Its Own Cryptocurrency and Africa Could be Huge Potential Market

A quick follow-up from the story we shared yesterday about how the dominance of Chinese mobile phone companies in Africa could create a "walled garden" that would exclude Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency Libra. Now, CNBC reports that the Chinese government is expediting the development of ...

Zimbabwe Expected to Lean on Chinese Expertise and Technology to Enforce New Cyber Crime Law

The Cyber Crime, Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill of 2019 was passed by president Emerson Mnangagwa’s cabinet this week, an important step towards it becoming law. It still has to be debated and approved by parliament, where Mnangagwa’s ruling Zanu PF party has a majority.

China and the Rise of AI-Surveillance Technology in Africa

Backed with seemingly-limitless government loans, Chinese tech companies are moving quickly to deploy sophisticated AI-powered surveillance systems across Africa, according to the findings of a new study by Steve Feldstein at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Some of ...

How the U.S.-China Conflict Over Huawei Could Play out in Africa

In the future, when we look back on the 2010s, we might well identify it as the decade when tech became irreversibly entangled with geopolitics. It was the decade of Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and Facebook-driven election interference. It is also the ...

China's Controversial Technology Partnership with South Africa

The Chinese and South Africa governments have signed a pact, or a "plan of action," where Beijing will provide a broad array of technology training, skills transfer and ICT development for South Africa's emerging technology sector. The ...
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