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Die Bananenrepublik

Netzpolitik? Digitalpolitik? Wissenspolitik? Ein Prolog – Eine stetig wachsende Zahl von Menschen in liberalen, demokratischen Gesellschaften steht mittlerweile der Wissenschaft, neuem Wissen, neuen Technologien, insgesamt den aufklärerischen Ideen und Idealen, mindestens skeptisch, teilweise aggressiv oder sogar ganz offen feindlich gegenüber. – Und zwar nicht nur gegenüber dem Internet oder der Digitalisierung! Ganz egal ob Demokratie, Globalisierung, Klimawandel, Gentechnik und Biotechnologie, Robotik und KI, eine sich verändernde Mobilität – und selbst eine Corona-Pandemie oder große Flüchtlingsbewegungen: Statt, dank dem jederzeit möglichen Zugriff auf relevante Informationen und Wissen, gut informiert nachhaltige Entscheidungen zu treffen, werden Fakten schlicht abgeleugnet, sogar gegen ein Virus demonstriert oder gleich 5G-Masten abgefackelt?“

Gerrit Eicker

Trump und der TikTok-„Deal“

„Trump to block U.S. downloads of TikTok, WeChat on Sunday – officials – The U.S. Commerce Department said it will issue an order Friday that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on September 20. … Commerce officials said they will not bar additional technical transactions for TikTok until Nov. 12, which gives the company additional time to see if ByteDance can reach a deal for its U.S. operations. … Oracle shares fell 1.6% after the news in pre-market trading.“


Trump, TikTok, Oracle and Walmart reach a deal – that leaves ByteDance with lots of power – President Trump has approved a plan for Oracle to process TikTok’s U.S. data and take a minority stake in the company. But the announcement was short on details about ByteDance. – President Trump signaled his approval for the deal on Saturday, though it is still pending official approval by the U.S. and Chinese governments. Under the agreement, Oracle and Walmart will take minority stakes in TikTok, with Oracle processing TikTok’s U.S. data.“


„The TikTok deal solves quite literally nothing – After debasing the idea of free commerce in the U.S. in the name of a misplaced security concern, stringing along several multi-billion dollar companies that embarrassed themselves in the interest of naked greed, and demanding that the U.S. government get a cut of the profits, the TikTok saga we’ve been watching the past few weeks finally appears to be over. – A flurry of announcement late Saturday night indicate that the TikTok deal was actually a politically-oriented shakedown to boost the cloud infrastructure business of key supporters of the President of the United States. … The deal benefits everyone except U.S. consumers and people who have actual security concerns about TikTok’s algorithms and the ways they can be used to influence opinion in the U.S. … Thank god the U.S. saved TikTok from the crony capitalism of China. Let’s just hope they enjoy the crony capitalism of Washington DC.“


TikTok fact-checks: US IPO, Chinese ownership, $5B in taxes – There is no shortage of speculation and reports around TikTok’s future in the U.S. Amid a swirl of rumors, TikTok’s Chinese parent ByteDance issued a statement (in Chinese) on Monday morning, bringing clarity to its ongoing deal that has captured global attention over the past few weeks.“


WeChat vor Gericht: kein Ban

„Judge halts Trump administration order banning WeChat from Apple and Google app stores – The move blocks the Commerce Department from forcing Apple and Alphabet’s Google to remove Tencent Holding’s WeChat for downloads by Sunday evening. – Commerce Department officials also said on a call with reporters on Friday that they were preparing for a long legal battle.“


Kraken gründet eine Bank

Kraken is launching a crypto bank in Wyoming, paving the way for possible stock offerings – Headquartered in Wyoming, Kraken Financial will be regulated by the Wyoming Division of Banking under a so-called Special Purpose Depository Institution. The new structure was purpose-built for cryptocurrency companies and will allow Kraken to offer certain banking functions to clients and effectively serve as the exchange operator’s primary banking relationship. Up until this point, Kraken has relied on third-party providers for wire transfers and other services that enable it to engage with the broader financial system.“

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