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Commentaries by Josephine Wolff

Josephine Wolff

Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

Josephine Wolff is an assistant professor in the Public Policy department at Rochester Institute of Technology and a member of the extended faculty of the Computing Security department. She is a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a fellow at the New America Cybersecurity Initiative. She writes regularly about cybersecurity for Slate, and her writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, The New Republic, Newsweek, Scientific American and The New York Times Opinionator blog. @josephinecwolff
  • Mar 12, 2019

    Facial recognition is developing fast in China, from hotel check-ins, riding the subway, or paying for fried chicken. As the technology develops, it’s naïve to expect that facial recognition technologies will not leak into the functions of law enforcement of national security surveillance.

  • Sep 27, 2018

    The very firms that the Trump administration claims to be protecting with new tariffs on Chinese goods are concerned about the impact of his policies on the economy and their balance sheets.

  • Aug 13, 2018

    It is not clear that Google has much to gain from its plan to launch a censored version of its search engine in China, Josephine Wolff argues. Google clearly believes it possesses superior search technology to win over the Chinese market if it can just get the government’s seal of approval. But it’s a very different internet market today than it was in 2010.

  • Jun 13, 2018

    The escalating rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent and the two firms’ anti-competitive tactics appear to have drawn little regulatory scrutiny from the government. That may be in part because the Chinese government is so eager to grow its domestic tech sector that it is reluctant to interfere with two of its most successful firms.

  • Apr 25, 2018

    China’s long-term focus on the direction of its tech market gives it a clear edge over the United States in the latest tech tussle between the two countries: a ban announced by the U.S. government earlier this month forbidding any U.S. companies from selling any parts or software to Chinese telecom company ZTE.

  • Mar 16, 2018

    Companies around the world are already racing to develop the necessary 5G network technology, leading to new technological tensions between the U.S. and China. Given the continued demand for high-speed wireless connectivity and mobile devices, there’s a lot at stake for the companies that get 5G technology right and ultimately end up driving its deployment.

  • Feb 06, 2018

    China and the U.S. are two of the only nations in the world with sufficiently strong, stable domestic tech sectors that they can afford to block major overseas competitors without fear of significantly undercutting the services available to their own citizens. But if the Chinese government has been willing to let at least some foreign firms compete with its domestic champions in the tech sector, it’s not clear that the same is true of the U.S. government.

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