DHS official says world must unite against China’s ‘dark, dystopian’ internet use

The Milken Institute’s Global Conference held a panel on “digital nationalism” in the modern world on Tuesday.

US Department of Homeland Security Policy Under Secretary Robert Silvers warned the public that the growing US-China digital regulatory schism is effectively creating “two internets”. With China’s dominance in electronic manufacturing and its extensive digital infrastructure, the US could potentially allow the Asian country to turn its own internet into a truly dangerous weapon, panelists agreed.

“I think China is definitely our main long-term strategic competitor. I think the threats coming from China in some ways are too many to count. And I think in the technology space for a first you just have a huge amount of hacking activities targeting the US,” said Silvers.


“And second, I think the Chinese government’s view of the Internet is a dark, authoritarian, dystopian view that we need to unite against and build against,” Silvers warned. “It was built to harvest and guard its own citizens, and that is just profoundly contrary to the values ​​of our country, to the freedom that I believe the internet should be a tool for freedom and openness and free speech and creativity and out of the box to new spaces and new ideas.”

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The DHS official explained that China’s investment in developing countries could increase the influence of China’s content censorship.

“I’m just very concerned about the trend of the Chinese version of the Internet,” Silvers said. “I agree that the White House that our administration’s statement about what we believe is the future of the Internet is an important step. But now we need to act on it.

“And I think (former Secretary of State of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence) Sigal (Mandelker) made a very important point about how the action is in many ways in overseas countries, often developing countries, that they just want support, they’re going partner with who will support them. And we are committed to stepping into that battle to compete.”

China may already be sharing data with Russia, and America would have no “fighting opportunity” if the two superpowers combined their cyberwarfare capabilities, Nicolas Chaillan, the former US Air Force chief software officer, told Fox News in March.

“Not many countries would be able to push back,” Chaillan said. “I don’t even think the United States would be able to push back if Russia and China decide to act together against us tomorrow.”

“I think it would be very difficult for us to even have a chance to fight, let alone a country like Ukraine,” he added.

But the former Pentagon official said he is “much more afraid of China”. Chaillan said it would be a “game changer” if China provided Russia with advanced technologies.

chaillan believes China Russia would first give Russia the opportunity to carry out cyber attacks.

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