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by Christoph Platt, € uro on Sunday
€ uro am Sonntag: You were recently in Germany to promote the USA’s Clean Network Initiative. What’s behind it?
Keith noise: Clean Network is a comprehensive project with which we address the long-term threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party: to privacy, data security, human rights and international cooperation. The initiative, which is based on the international digital trust standards, is designed as a multi-year long-term strategy and is based on a coalition of reliable partners. It has been expanded over time and now includes clean apps, a clean cloud and clean IT infrastructure such as data cables.
Who wants to join in?
More than 25 EU and NATO countries have recently joined the initiative, and more will follow. Around 40 countries, 50 telecommunications companies and other companies such as Oracle, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu and Softbank are currently connected in the Clean Network. Germany is also about to enact regulations that exclude high-risk suppliers from expanding the 5G network.
They are calling for the Chinese company Huawei in particular to be excluded from the expansion of the new cellular network. Why?
Huawei is the backbone of the Chinese surveillance state. With the help of Chinese apps, data lines, data centers and much more, China collects data from billions of people. The country is constantly expanding its huge “firewall”, which only works in one direction: All the data flows to China to be misused there, but none of it goes out. And all the propaganda comes out of the country, but the truth doesn’t get in.
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