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Huawei Vs America: Arrests, Sanctions and Geopolitics

This Thursday, Canada had arrested the CFO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei at its Vancouver airport, pending the possibility of extradition to the United States. Meng Wanzhou is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, who also happens to be a former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) officer and elected member of the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Her arrest has made waves in a time of trade tensions between China and the United States especially after a 90-day truce negotiated between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping just earlier on the day of her arrest.

The arrest on Thursday was highly possibly made in conjunction to the company’s flouting of US sanctions, and caused widespread contagion in global financial market, particularly in Huawei’s stock, but also in major supply chain partners Intel and Qualcomm.

Meng was arrested whilst in transit, and Huawei has maintained that they are “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng.” The China embassy in Canada has voiced its opposition, calling for the immediate release of Meng.

Opposition, however, has been most vociferous on Chinese social media. Calls for boycotts on US products, along with plenty of ire directed at the US and its leadership, alleging that the actions were borne out of jealousy and protectionism.

That’s not implausible, and the FBI, NSA and CIA have been unanimous: don’t use Chinese phones – Huawei and ZTE in particular. Amidst fears of foreign intervention in US elections through deceit, espionage and manipulation of social media platforms, the US has clamped down on imports of Huawei and ZTE phones – in toto.

Ian Ling
http://uncommontragedy.com
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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  1. JOHN MAYOR

    Season’s greetings!… the ensuing, is the most recent rendition of the hereinafter noted (dated, Dec 24, 2018)…
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    I have it on good authority, that the slogan for the new Amazon-Marriott-Quora Hotel chain, will be: Sleep tight!… and don’t let the Data Bytes bite?
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    I wonder if Sir Tim Berners-Lee… and, those authorities who were tasked with implementing Sir Timmy’s plan!… were given warnings, re the potential negative impact the web might have if Human Digital Rights (or whatever Web Rights were called back then!) was not in play alongside the introduction of Sir Timmy’s “innovation”! And if he (and they) failed to do “due diligence”, then maybe we would be best to focus our– how shall I put it?– “CIVIL ATTENTION” on Sir Timmy (and the “gang”), in an effort to find civil remedies for our perpetual problems with this invention!
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    Oh!… to be the “remote viewer” by way of the “robotic fly on the wall” when the Human Digital Rights pleas were made… and, subsequently, put aside!
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    Why should I support Sir Timmy’s “Contract for the Web (at, h-t-t-p-s://fortheweb(dot)webfoundation(dot)org/)”, when I find (as of 11/05/18… and the very day of Sir Timmy’s media presentation!) that I can’t send him, or other members of the Web Foundation, a simple message (at, h-t-t-p-s://webfoundation(dot)org/contact-form/)? So much for the promotion of Web Access, and Free Expression! (Oh, and be sure to remove the hyphens, and replace (dot) with “.”, when pasting the just cited URLs within your addbar… and ditto, for the URLs below!… as I’m uncertain as to whether this site will deny my Right to post a link!)
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    And so, is my joining Sir Timmy’s MAGNA CARTA going to change the very protocol that he has now put in place for his site users? Is it going to compel corporate sites to have a Blog Comment Hosting Widget/ window that will enable netizens to PUBLICLY COMMENT on their otherwise ONE-SIDED “News stories (the one-sided, violating one’s Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Press!)”? Is it going to end sites’ use of the Human Digital Rights breaching Akismet app that some have invoked to stop what they claim is, “SPAM”?… or will it end the EXTORTION of Human Digital Rights compromises presently invoked by Disqus, in order for persons to make PUBLIC COMMENT on a Disqus Hosted website (not to mention, similar such EXTORTIONS promulgated by numerous sites through their respective “Privacy Policies”!… and, upon one’s initial “qualified entry” at the “gates” of the website!… and, some of which, are well-established MEDIA SITES!)? Will it stop search engines from giving us outdated search results, even though we have chosen their “Past Day” option? Will it end the SEXIST, RACIST and VIOLENT cr_p permitted– and yea, fostered!– by sundry SEXIST, RACIST and VIOLENT patrons and site owners alike, which delight in the communication of such “bile” on their EXCUSES for Net expression? Is it going to end the arbitrary use of character caps, and DUMB_SS and PASSE passwords (that are breached daily by countless hackers!)? Will it end the time-wasting reCAPTCHA, that/ which seeks to learn your recognition of cars, buses and street lights, and etc… but, frequently fails to send your message even if you do? And, more importantly, should Sir Tim and his Foundation be the designers of a Contract for the Web at the “get-go”? Why not choose Humanismenumerique (at, h-t-t-p-s://humanismenumerique(dot)fr/en/contribute/)… and its evolving World Charter of Human Digital Rights… before we start reinventing the wheel, and creating square wheels in the process! And after all, the current and projected future of the Web is far more complex than even the Web Foundation has envisaged… and, frankly, CAN ENVISAGE!
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    In order to make a Contract For The Web a VIABLE PROPOSITION, we need a World Charter of Human Digital Rights that/ which will enumerate the HDR that/ which underpins ALL of our Digital ICT… the Net, being ONE PART of ICT! But let us not forget– or let’s begin to realize!… and with all due respect to Humanismenumerique!… our “HUMAN ANALOGUE RIGHTS (A SECOND PART of what makes up our ICT)”! In other words… and again, with all due respect to Humanismenumerique, and despite my words re the inclusion of the World Charter of Human Digital Rights as a prequalification for the scripting of any Contract For The Web… WE ARE MISSING HALF OF THE ICT EQUATIONᵃ (or whatever the “Human Analogue Rights” component adds up to!… and this latter, and the which, is even MORE OVERDUE than that of our Human Digital Rights!)! And in even more other words, we’re in more of a HUMAN ICT RIGHTS CRISIS than we have entertained thus far!… i.e., if we’ve even entertained the “first half” of the RIGHTS GAP that I’ve outlined above! And unless Sir Timmy and the Web Foundation kiddies are able– and willing!– to enumerate ALL of our ICT Rights, and declare what those Rights are, then I can take NO STOCK in what he and the Web Foundation kiddies are instigating!
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    People, the NETIZEN (NGO+NPO) community must be seated at the proverbial table, if an efficient and effective WORLD CHARTER OF HUMAN ICT RIGHTS is to be realized by a WORLD COUNCIL ON HUMAN ICT RIGHTS! And so and thus… and to that end!… I herewith, and herein propose a, “World Netizen Council On Human ICT Rights (with a, ‘World Netizen Charter Of Human ICT Rights’)”, to be made up of elected NATIONAL NETIZEN REPRESENTATIVES, and to act as an umbrella organization for a “World Netizen Council On Human Digital Rights (with a yet to be fashioned ‘World Netizen Charter Of Human Digital Rights’)”! And leaving to be scripted… and also placed within the “World Netizen Council On Human ICT Rights”… a “World Netizen Council On Human Analogue Rights (with a yet to be drawn, ‘World Netizen Charter Of Human Analogue Rights’)”! The “World Netizen Council On Human ICT Rights”… with its two Sub-councils (the Sub-Charters of which will form the basis of the “World Netizen Charter Of Human ICT Rights”, and– ultimately– a partial basis for the “WORLD CHARTER OF HUMAN ICT RIGHTS”)!… to be situated within the PRIMARY BODY of the “WORLD COUNCIL ON HUMAN ICT RIGHTS”. With the remaining two Primary Sector’s respective lone MAIN World Councils and 2 Sub-councils (each) and lone MAIN World Charters and 2 Sub-Charters (each), to be added to all of the foregoing (i.e., those of the global Market Sector and the global Bureaucratic Sector… the latter, being, the sum of our respective global Governance infrastructures!)!
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    To recap… and to clarify… we strike the following bodies:
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    A) A WORLD COUNCIL ON HUMAN ICT RIGHTS (with a WORLD CHARTER OF HUMAN ICT RIGHTS);
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    B) A World Netizen Council On Human ICT Rights (with a World Netizen Charter Of Human ICT Rights)… composed of a World Netizen Council On Human Digital Rights and a World Netizen Council On Human Analogue Rights (and with respective Charters for both of these Sub-councils, that will form the basis for the World Netizen Charter Of Human ICT Rights, and– ultimately– a partial basis for the WORLD CHARTER OF HUMAN ICT RIGHTS… and both of which, will address both software and hardware issues!); and
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    C) A replication of B), for the Market Sector AND the Bureaucratic Sector, respectively!… with the respective lone MAIN Charter for each (composed, respectively, by way of the of the 2 Sub-charters for the two Sub-councils for each), forming a partial basis for the WORLD CHARTER OF HUMAN ICT RIGHTS, for the WORLD COUNCIL ON HUMAN ICT RIGHTS.
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    (Note: there are 3 Primary Sectors into which ALL of our existential endeavors– AND THROUGHOUT THE WORLD!– can efficiently and effectively be grouped! And these are [though, by sundry different names!]: the MARKET SECTOR [or Business Sector], the NGO+NPO SECTOR [“Civil Society” and “Volunteer Sector”, incidentally, are poor names for this Sector!], and the BUREAUCRATIC SECTOR [note: for my purposes here, the Bureaucratic Sector covers E-V-E-R-Y E-L-E-M-E-N-T of our Public Sector, M-I-N-U-S our “Polit(ic) Representatives”]. And although the Bureaucratic Sector is [SUPPOSEDLY!] an extension of the first two, it is– quite often!– a COLLUSIVE EXTENTION of the “one shoe fits all” polit(ic) process! And a Sector, that’s also often collusive with business, corrupt NGO+NPO Players, and even with Bureaucrats themselves! Beneath these, are what I’ve phrased, MetaSectors [e.g., Energy, Transportation, Health, Farming, etc.]! And beneath these, are what I’ve termed, Epi-Sectors [e.g., and under Transportation, we have aerospace, plane travel, trains, trucks, cars and skate boards!… and under Energy, we have nuclear fission, nuclear fussion, solar and match sticks]! And so, each of the three Primary Sectors tackle each and every Metasector and Epi-sector issue in a unique manner, and in a way that addresses the peculiar/ particular concerns representative of that sector… and so, their respective Primary Sector players must reflect the respective Primary Sector’s unspoken and spoken, individual and collective, Metasector and Epi-sector agendas! THIS IS HOW OUR WORLD TRULY OPERATES!… AND, DESPITE THE MACHINATIONS OF OUR GIVEN RESPECTIVE “ONE SHOE FITS ALL” POLIT(IC) PROCESSES, AND “REPRESENTATION”/ “REPRESENTATIVES”!
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    Also note: TRUE NGO+NPO Sector Representatives are NEVER just one or the other. And because, a Member of either of the remaining two Primary Sectors can declare– and rightly so!– that such is either NGO, or NPO [e.g., if one is Market Sector based, one can claim NGO status… and if one is Bureaucratic Sector based, one can claim NPO status]… and so, leaving one to ask: What, then, is the meaning of NGO and NPO, if the Market Sector and Bureaucratic Sector can claim membership in one, or the other aspect of the NGO+NPO? And so and thus, in order to disentangle abstruse and obtuse Market Sector and Bureaucratic Sector participation from the hybrid elements of the NGO+NPO community [“civil society” and “volunteer sector”– once again– being poor depictions of the NGO+NPO Sector], one must grant the NGO+NPO the EXCLUSIVE RIGHT to the hybrid expression, NGO+NPO. And although the remaining Sectors may afford money, gifts-in-kind, sweat equity and cerebral equity toward an NGO+NPO cause/ effort, contributions from the remaining two Primary Sectors can never be seen– MUSN’T BE SEEN!– as pulling the strings of a given NGO+NPO Sector player! Otherwise, it can be asked– and, reasonably so!– whether the NGO+NPO Sector player in question, is REALLY an ORGANIC EXPRESSION of the Sector, and community, it has laid claim to! Or is in fact, an organic expression of either PROPRIETARY or BUREAUCRATIC interests, or BOTH… and if found to be “less than NGO”, “less than NPO”, or less than both, the declared NGO+NPO player’s community will eventually take issue with the “player politics” reflected within the self-ascribed player! Simply said, grassroots organizations that/ which have sprung up to do battle re Metasector and/ or Episector issues… and, invariably over these issues!… have done so with a crit(ic) eye toward both proprietary involvement AND bureaucratic/ politic involvement… and, have been critics of themselves, when their own have strayed from their Sector’s own agenda (AND HENCE THE TERMS, NPO & NGO, RESPECTIVELY)! And again, despite a helping hand being offered by either or both of the remaining two Sectors, such assistance cannot be– MUST NOT BE!– at the expense of the INDEPENDENCE/ IMPARTIALITY that a true NGO+NPO player must have, in order to efficiently and effectively gain support within a community for which a self-ascribed NGO+NPO player seeks to provide CRIT(IC) INTERVENTION!
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    But, unfortunately, our polit(ic) processes do not see it that way; and so, regardless, crunch all three of these DIVERGENT INTERESTS into one BIG BLOB of CONFLICTING INTERESTS!… while– all the while!– F-E-I-G-N-I-N-G full Representation for each of these main interests [and interests, which remain “OFFICIALLY UNRECOGNIZED!”… “OFFICIALLY UNARTICULATED!”… AND “OFFICIALLY UNREPRESENTED!”]! And again, the three main interests ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE IN THEIR APPROACH TO THE METASECTORS, AND/ OR EPI-SECTORS!… AND THESE INTERESTS OFTEN FIND– AND THE NGO+NPO COMMUNITY IN PARTICULAR OFTEN FINDS!– THAT THEIR RESPECTIVE VOICES ARE LOST BY THE “ONE SHOE FITS ALL” POLIT(IC) PROCESSES; AND CONSEQUENTLY, MUST WAGE A CAMPAIGN OF “SOCIAL DISOBEDIENCE” IN ORDER TO BE HEARD!
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    And so, for the Primary Sectors to efficiently and effectively Represent their respective Primary Sector populations, and the Metasector and/ or Epi-sector matters of interest to their respective communities, an end to the ONE SHOE FITS ALL polit(ic) processes is advised, in favour of a “TRI-PRIMARY SECTOR” style of Representation! And so and thus, instead of a single ONE SHOE FITS ALL candidate for each respective District on planet earth, there would be a TRI-CANDIDATE representing each of the three Primary Sector populations within given respective Districts.)
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    And so, THREE Primary Sector MAIN Councils (each having a MAIN Charter), each having 2 Sub-councils (each of the 2 Sub-councils having a Sub-charter that will make up the MAIN Charter of their respective MAIN Council), all 3 Primary Sector MAIN Councils making up the WORLD COUNCIL ON HUMAN ICT RIGHTS, and the 3 MAIN Charters of the 3 MAIN Councils of the 3 respective Primary Sectors, comprising the WORLD CHARTER OF HUMAN ICT RIGHTS… and each of the 3 MAIN Charters being derived from the tandem Sub-charters on Human Digital Rights and Human Analogue Rights for each of the 3 Primary Sectors, and all 6 Sub-charters addressing both software and hardware items)!
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    These then, form the framework of an efficient, effective and powerful response to our global ICT needs!… and without which, our global communities are HANDICAPPED!
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    As for the current role of the UN’s ITU… the United Nations Agency tasked with overseeing the UN response to global ICT needs… the ITU should either divest itself of any hint of collusion with Market interests (and recently underscored with the negative reportsᵇ over Huawei’s development of its 5G cellular mobile communications technoma… and, made clearer, at, h-t-t-p-s://en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/5G), and become the official voice of the “World Bureaucratic Council On Human ICT Rights (composed of 2 Sub-councils, and MAIN and 2 Sub-charters)”, or become the official voice of the “World Market Council On Human ICT Rights (composed of 2 Sub-councils, and 2 Sub-charters)”. And in the latter scenario, leaving the world with the chore of locating a suitable Bureaucratic replacement, and partner, for the WORLD COUNCIL ON HUMAN ICT RIGHTS!
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    Please!… no emails!… and God bless!
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    P.S.: ᵃh-t-t-p-s://ubm(dot)io/2UWbPsO… and… h-t-t-p-s://bit(dot)ly/2SXzlni… and… h-t-t-p-s://bit(dot)ly/2QXOYOg; and ᵇh-t-t-p-s://bit(dot)ly/2Eixup4… and… h-t-t-p-s://bit(dot)ly/2rxI9Vc…
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    Last of all, obliging purveyors of ICT hardware and software to provide a “Guarantee of Human ICT Rights Compliance”, would put the ownness on ICT purveyors to ensure that their ICT is in compliance with the World Charter Of Human ICT Rights, and in compliance with any and all accords made with Nations by the World Council On Human ICT Rights… and if ICT purveyors are in breach of the Charter, and in breach of signed accords, such will be forced to pay hefty penalties for their non-compliance, and afterupon a determination by a World Justice On Human ICT Rights, may be compelled to have their operations forcibly made compliant, or ended!

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