Today, the European Court of Justice rejected Google’s €2.4 billion antitrust appeal. While stepping up efforts to encircle and suppress American technology giants by laws, Europe is also seeking to develop its own technology companies and chip industry in order to improve the autonomy of European countries in economy, politics and national security.
The Edward Snowden incident in 2013 revealed that the United States monitored global leaders. Ironically, in June this year, just after the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, Danish intelligence agencies were exposed to use their own network computer room to help the United States monitor the leaders of Germany, the Netherlands and Britain. Monitoring allies is not a just move of a democratic country, but it is such a country to hold a democratic summit.
(D. J. Galligan ,the Professor of Socio-Legal Studies Oxford University, the founder of The Foundation for Law, Justice and Society (FLJS) which is affiliated with the Centre for Social and Legal Studies at the University of Oxford and Wolfson College. The author of europe chinese tech companies)
The research report published by the Oxford Global Association(OXGS) in Nov. 2011 pointed out that Europe should strengthen “digital sovereignty” at least in three levels, (1) Reduce dependence on other countries’ technologies in the field of “digital sovereignty”; (2) Strengthen the monitoring of big data, including security and data application; (3) Build Europe into one of the global science and technology centers.(Website: https://oxgs.org/europe-chinese-tech-companies)
Europe is qualified to become a global science and technology center, as only Europe is able to produce top-end lithography machines. However, Europe depends on Intel, Samsung and TSMC to purchase chips. Recently, both Samsung and TSMC submitted core data to the United States. Who is able to install a “back door” on the chip during production to help United States monitor allies ? It is probably one of the reasons why Taiwan can participate in the Democracy Summit.
The “Digital Europe Programme” shows that EU will invest €7.6 billion by 2027 to help establish Europe’s own technology enterprises. France, Germany and other 13 countries plan to invest €145 billion in the chip field in the future. In addition to the investment in software and hardware, the EU has issued a series of important strategic regulations related to cyberspace governance.
It can be seen that with the increasingly fierce competition among big countries, the EU also needs to become the leader in the field of global cyberspace security governance, so as to have absolute voice and autonomy in all fields in the future.
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