Experts call on Congress to pause the technology “antitrust” push by specifying national security threats

Experts call on Congress to pause the technology

With a stern warning that new proposals in Congress could threaten America’s innovation and technological advantage worldwide, a group of national security experts urges lawmakers to hit the pause button on antitrust legislation.

A group of national security experts told lawmakers to press the antitrust suspension button, with harsh warnings that new proposals in Congress could threaten American innovation and technological superiority around the world.

Highlights

  • As a global leader in innovation, America uses tech to protect citizens, defend allies and promote freedom, expression and association. The letter says a push for these anti-competitive legislative proposals could embolden China and allow U.S. foreign adversaries to dominate the technology landscape — a major blow to our national security lead — while harming the American economy and small businesses.

  • A new letter from several leading security experts flags the effort, saying that it could lead to myriad unintended consequences — risking both national and economic security if passed.

Townshend continues: “This misguided legislation will only embolden China, paving the way for foreign adversaries to dominate the digital landscape, undermining a key national security advantage.”

“It’s no secret that China wants to surpass the United States and become the world’s dominant tech leader,” said former White House Homeland Security Adviser Frances Townsend, one of the letter’s signers. “Our nation’s top national security experts all agree: This is the wrong time to be handicapping American innovators and giving a competitive advantage to foreign tech rivals.

A newly published study from the Computer & Communications Industry Association shows that the antitrust policies currently up for debate in the U.S. House may pose serious national security risks for the nation, giving China and other foreign adversaries a strategic lead.

Specifically, the report finds negative impacts on national security that include:

— Enabling the misuse of U.S. data and intellectual property by foreign actors; — Reducing the effectiveness of data streams to law enforcement;

— Weakening efforts to combat foreign influence and misinformation; — Impeding the enforcement of robust cybersecurity policies;

— Giving foreign companies advantageous treatment or information without requiring reciprocity; — Encouraging large foreign tech companies to maintain and develop a foothold in the U.S. technology economy and expand their capacity around the globe without being subject to the same requirements as large U.S.-based tech companies and thereby

The letter calls Congress to establish a congressional study to work with the Joe Biden administration for securing American innovation; the study can help develop a strategy to counter the growing challenge in the digital realm posed by China and its authoritarian approach. Michael Allen, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush at the National Security Council, points out:

As home to many of the nation’s largest defense and homeland security industries, Florida is a key target as an emerging tech and innovation leader. — Undermining U.S. tech leadership.