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Huawei VP: WSJ Allegations of Spying in Africa Is Just “Fake News”

"Fake news" is how Huawei's vice president of strategy, Andrew Williamson, characterized last week's Wall Street Journal story on alleged spying in Uganda and Zambia. He made the comments in an interview with the state-led Russia Today television network. It's Fascinating ...

Huawei Staff Help Governments to Spy on People: WSJ Investigation

On the ground in Uganda, Wall Street Journal reporters uncovered how Chinese telecom giant Huawei is providing surveillance tools that African governments use to stifle dissent. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fk7LV_IcXc ...

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 ...

Like it or Not, Huawei is the Indispensable Tech Company in Africa

It is hard to overstate Huawei's singular importance in the development of Africa's information technology sector. Over the past ten years the company, often armed with state-backed loans from China, has built significant portions of Africa's IT infrastructure, everything from networking to broadband ...

The Rise of Chinese Tech in Africa is Both Feared and Embraced

2019 is not even a month old and already two major Chinese tech companies have announced big plans to expand in Africa. Electronics giant Xiaomi and budget smartphone maker Realme (a sibling company of mobile device giant Oppo) will an ...

The Promise and Peril of Chinese Tech Investment in Africa

China's tech giants are rapidly expanding their presence in Africa in commercial, consumer and government sectors. In just the past few weeks alone, there has been a flurry of announcements from a number of Chinese tech companies that highlight their growing enthusiasm for the ...

For Better or Worse, Africa’s Digital Future is Tied to China

China’s infrastructure building spree in Africa is now visible in dozens of countries across the continent. Big signs that advertise the names of Chinese state-owned contractors hangover construction sites for roads, railways, airports and other projects. But out of sight, ...

China's Controversial, Out-Sized Role in Africa's Digital Revolution

Africa is home to one of the fastest growing technology markets in the world. In fact, more African households own a mobile phone than have reliable electricity or even clean water. The combination of a young population, some of the fastest ...

Are Chinese IT Companies Doing Enough to Train Locals in Africa?

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei recently launched a massive publicity campaign to raise awareness in Africa about all that it is doing to train local employees. The company has opened at least five training centers in different countries across the ...
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