In 1997 magazine Wired coined the formula Great Firewall to refer to the barrier that China has raised in recent years with the aim of protecting its digital borders. The equivalent of a Great Wall made of codes. In Europe this is not a topic that is talked about a lot. Except in Lithuania. The Lithuanian Ministry of Defense has advised the whole population against buying smartphones that have been produced and developed by Chinese companies. The first recipient of the message is Xiaomi, a company that only had a turnover in 2020 37.6 billion dollars. As reported Politico.eu, the Lithuanian government’s cybersecurity body said that their smartphones have algorithms that are able to detect and block phrases such as Free Tibet, Long live Taiwan independence O Movement for democracy. The model targeted by the security agency is the Mi 10T 5G. Deputy Defense Minister Margiris Abukevičius specified to the news agency Reuters: “Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese phones and get rid of those already purchased as quickly as possible.” In 2019, a cold war of technology had opened between the United States and China, which was then (partially) healed with trade agreements. But then the target was another Chinese tech giant: Huawei.
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