We should also nuance our approach to digital threats

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US President Joe Biden recently signed an executive order (EO) that marks an important shift in how America uses technology as an instrument of foreign policy. The EO issued on 9 June states that the federal government should evaluate threats from information and communication technology (ICT) services “through rigorous, evidence-based analysis and should address any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with overall national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives, including the preservation and demonstration of America’s core values and fundamental freedoms.” This comes at a time when geopolitics dominates technology-policy discourse in India. A common feature is distrust of Beijing’s weaponization of technology supply chains.

Biden’s order revokes previous ones passed by former president Donald Trump that banned apps like Tik Tok and WeChat (see orders 13943, 13942). These revoked orders were issued by…

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