September 03, 2020

America’s problem is much bigger than TikTok

Featuring Kara Frederick, Elsa B. Kania, and Van Jackson

Source: POLITICO

Journalist David Wertime

China watchers are waiting to see how, and whether, Chinese company ByteDance sells its wildly popular social media app TikTok to a U.S. buyer by Sept. 15, as the Trump administration has demanded. ByteDance’s billionaire founder, Zhang Yiming, is under immense pressure to sell given U.S. promises to ban the app, and the tens of billions of dollars a sale could fetch. But last week, Beijing changed its export controls to cover the valuable algorithm driving TikTok’s recommendations.

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Authors

  • Kara Frederick

    Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Kara Frederick is a Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, Kara helped create and lea...

  • Elsa B. Kania

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on Chinese military...

  • Van Jackson

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Dr. Van Jackson is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), an American political scientist, and one o...