China has a playbook to use IP theft to seize leadership in cloud computing, and other nations should band together to stop that happening, according to Nathaniel C. Fick, the US ambassador-at-large for cyberspace and digital policy.
Speaking at an event hosted by think tank Hudson Institute, Fick said 30 years ago democratic nations felt they had an “unassailable global advantage in telecoms” thanks to the strength of outfits like Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Bell Labs, Alcatel and Lucent.
But he feels those titans became complacent, governments stopped watching the tech develop, and “I don’t think we appreciated or acted on the reality that these technologies were going to be central to our geopolitical standing.”
But China noticed. And it “executed a deliberate strategy of IP theft and government subsidies.”