World view

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Our world view (for want of a bet­ter world) prior to World War II was the Bri­tish Em­pire’s and there­after the United States with its McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Coke, jeans, Hol­ly­wood, GM, so­cial me­dia dom­i­nance through Ap­ple,Mi­crosoft, Google and Face­book has been there un­til now.

All the ho­tels and multi­na­tion­als are in some way dom­i­nated by the USA.

Our world­view in Fiji has been fash­ioned by Amer­i­can or West­ern cul­ture but since the be­gin­ning of this cen­tury we see the rise of China and it ap­pears that the West­ern world is un­able to stomach this en­try.

Huawei and 5G is felt as a threat but the small and vul­ner­a­ble na­tions like Fiji been sub­ject to con­trol by the West­ern world view. Sure China’s sys­tem of gov­er­nance is not as trans­par­ent as West­ern democ­ra­cies but then have we for­got­ten the an­a­lyt­i­cal fi­asco and how Face­book and Google have in­fil­trated our daily lives and have ac­cess to our per­sonal data.

When I hear of bil­lions of dol­lars of fines be­ing im­posed by US and EU reg­u­la­tory bod­ies against so­cial me­dia com­pa­nies, I won­der if any of the money trick­les down to us min­ions, who has also suf­fer the in­fringe­ments or breaches but don’t have the clout to take ac­tion.

Data col­lected by Face­book, Google and other so­cial me­dia apps can be used against us and an­a­lyt­ics has shown how but how much over­sight do we have as would be the case with Huawei and 5G.

Why then do we see this boogey­man ap­proach by Trump and the USA to con­trol other demo­cratic and in­de­pen­dent na­tions to not en­gage with Huawei 5G.

The West­ern world will need to wake up to the fact that tech­nol­ogy, knowl­edge and in­tel­li­gence has no race and no bar­rier.

It’s like with COVID-19 be­ing a global pan­demic.

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