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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 ...

Huawei’s Share of the African Smartphone Market Declines Due to U.S. Pressure

While Huawei dominates Africa's telecom networking market, its share of the booming smartphone market has always lagged behind other Chinese competitors, namely Shenzhen-based Transsion who controls more than 50% of the African market. Now, according to a report in today's ...

Q&A: Chinese Sales of Surveillance Technology to African Governments is Understandably Worrisome but in no way Exceptional

The recent Wall Street Journal investigation that revealed Huawei employees allegedly aided the Ugandan and Zambian governments to spy on political opponents confirmed, in many peoples' minds, the suspicions about Huawei and how the company presents a viable threat to civil rights, particularly in non-democratic societies. ...

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, ...
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