The TikTok Dumpster Fire
John Yoo, Mark MacCarthy, and I kick off episode 329 by jumping with both feet into the cyberspace equivalent of a dumpster fire. There is probably a pretty good national security case for banning TikTok. In fact, China made the case a lot better than the Trump administration when it declared, “You know that algorithm that tells all your kids what to watch all day? That’s actually a secret national security asset of the People’s Republic of China.” But the administration’s process for addressing the national security issue was unable to keep up with President Trump’s eagerness to announce some kind of deal. The haphazard and easily stereotyped process probably also contributed to the casual decision of a magistrate in San Francisco to brush aside US national security interests in the WeChat case, postponing the order on dubious first amendment grounds that John Yoo rightly takes to task.
Megan Stifel tells us that the bill for decoupling from China is going to be high – up to $50 billion just for chips if you listen to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Speaking of big industry embracing big government, Pete Jeydel explains IBM’s slightly jarring suggestion that the government should slap export controls on a kind of face recognition technology that Big Blue doesn’t sell any more. Actually, when you put it like that, it kind of explains itself.
Megan tells us that the House has passed a bill on the security of IOT devices.
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