1/ Bombshell reporting by Dutch newspaper @volkskrant on @Huawei in the Netherlands.

In 2010, KPN commissioned a risk assessment on Huawei. The findings were so damning that KPN never made them public for fear that the company wouldn't survive.
2/ The report states that Huawei:

➡️ Had unfettered access to KPN's network
➡️ Could eavesdrop on all conversations (including those of the PM)
➡️ Knew which numbers were monitored by police and intelligence services
➡️ Accessed the network core from China

There's more...
3/ Huawei also had full access to the personal info of KPN subsidiary Telfort's subscribers. Another investigation found that Huawei installed several ways to obtain this info and did so regularly.

Huawei refused to close down these exfil pathways after being confronted by KPN.
4/ One of the @volkskrant sources claims that KPN never conducted an investigation to determine what subscriber information was obtained by Huawei.
5/ The Volkskrant has been doing investigative reporting on this issue for some time. Kudos to them. @HuaweiFacts

6/ NEW: @Huawei still manages the core of KPN’s network according to company insiders, contradicting the company’s official statements. @huibmodderkolk
7/ From CapGemini’s report for @KPN:

“Sub-conclusion: @Huawei has uncontrolled and unauthorized access to the core of the KPN mobile network. Such uncontrolled and unauthorized access actually took place after 28 October, 2009.” Image
8/ Per @huibmodderkolk @volkskrant reporting, the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD warned KPN of the risks of dealing with Huawei. KPN proceeded anyway.
9/ Incredible how KPN swept these findings under rug. They acted out of pure self interest. No regard for their customers, their country, or the Netherlands' allies and partners.
10. Think of the damage: economic espionage, identifying and monitoring CCP critics and dissidents, insight into Dutch government deliberations, potential access to sensitive NATO infrastructure...
11/ News outlets outside the Netherlands are starting to pick up this story. I shared some initial thoughts with @MORGANMEAKER @Telegraph

12/ 👉 "Australian and British MPs who pressured Boris Johnson’s government to ban Huawei from the UK’s 5G network say they have been fully vindicated."
13/ AIVD issued a statement on the @KPN/@Huawei conflagration h/t @ericgarland Image
14/ Dutch broadcaster @AVROTROS news program @EenVandaag had a segment dissecting KPN's past security issues in the wake of the Huawei revelations. It's not a pretty picture.

15/ Dutch parliamentarians from across the political spectrum are requesting that State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy Mona Keijzer appear before the House of Representatives on 20 April to address the KPN-Huawei revelations.
16/ NEW: The Dutch government's Telecom Agency is launching an investigation into the #KPN-#Huawei revelations reported by @volkskrant.

"The safety and integrity of our tcom networks are of the greatest import for our society and our economy"


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Apr 15
Photonics for semiconductors effort launched in the Netherlands. Textbook promote/protect strategy. There's a lot going on here, so let's unpack this in a short 🧵 h/t @DUhockeyFan
Let's start with the title of the article, which is a bit misleading. The goal for the effort is for the Netherlands to be at the leading edge in this technology. That doesn't have to mean a single company dominating the way ASML does in EUV lithography. 2/
The initiative creates a new agency PhotonDelta that will fund 200 startups and help to scale up 26 established firms. This is a sensible portfolio approach and should avoid the pitfall of 'picking winners and losers'. 3/
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Apr 10, 2021
1/x 🧵 Dutch broadcasters @NOS and @omroepntr have a new report on China's tactics to silence critics of its human rights violations.

They identify five lines of effort:

1) Sending large delegations to the UN and 2) changing the UN system from within - my @cnasds colleague @kristinejlee27 has written extensively on this. Here is her excellent report on the topic: (2/x)
3) Financial support to third countries, such as through BRI and Digital Silk Road (3/x)
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Mar 26, 2021
1/ Investigation shows at least 29 researchers from China's National University of Defense Technology conducted militarily-relevant research at Delft University of Technology, one of the world's top tech universities.

Research topics included...


➡️ Unmanned aircraft
➡️ Radar technologies
➡️ Models for war simulations
➡️ Algos to influence social media users

At least one researcher went directly to the PLA after Delft.

There's more...

3/ The article goes on to note that Chinese researchers are sought after by Dutch universities because they are moneymakers. Their salaries were covered by NUDT and the Dutch government pays the university to host each researcher.
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Feb 10, 2020
Stunning R&D funding numbers coming out of @WhiteHouse today. How will this have America compete?

NIH: -7%
DOE: -17%
NASA: -11%
ARPA-E: -173% (not a typo - agency is eliminated, plus $311 million must be returned to Treasury)

Overall federal spending on civilian basic research: -9%; defense: -6%

Government R&D spending spurs private-sector investments, and the U.S. government remains the largest funder of basic research, which is foundational to game-changing technological achievements 2/4
Few silver linings:

Boost in #AI and #quantum information science spending

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