Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Big Tech Is the West’s Surprise Weapon in Competition With Russia, China - WSJ

In February, Ukraine passed a law allowing private cloud providers to host government data outside its borders, then struck contracts with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Corp., Oracle Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

Days later Russia invaded, and a missile destroyed a data center in Kyiv where information had been stored, said Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation.  “All of the backups were already transported to other European countries and no damage was done,” he said.

Big tech companies face intensifying criticism at home over their influence in the marketplace and public square. But at the same time their role in Ukraine shows how they are becoming a key asset in the West’s rivalry with Russia and China.


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We'll only know whether they'll have proved to be a key asset when the affair is over.

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 4, 2022 7:01:03 AM

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