Blinken attributed “technological authoritarianism” to Russia and China

On Tuesday, July 13, at a summit on new technologies and security issues in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State Anthony Blinken accused Russia and China of “technological authoritarianism,” without explaining what he meant by that. The text of the speech is published on the State Department website.

“It’s not enough to talk about the horrors of technological authoritarianism, to point out what countries like China and Russia are doing. And to say that it’s wrong and dangerous, even though it is,” said the head of the U.S. foreign office.

Blinken also noted that the goal of the United States is to create a positive agenda and to keep an open and safe Internet and added that the network is becoming more and more insecure every day.

According to the Secretary of State, technology must “serve people, protect interests and uphold democratic values.”

The head of the State Department stressed that the United States will take action against hackers in Russia, if Moscow does not do so. According to him, countries “harboring cyber criminals” are responsible for taking action

On July 9, US President Joe Biden said that he believed in cooperation between Washington and Moscow on cybersecurity. He stressed that it was reasonable for Washington to attack servers used by criminals using ransomware.

On the same day, he held telephone conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The leaders continued their dialogue on combating cybercrime and information security.

On July 7, Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov expressed his hope that the U.S.-Russian summit in Geneva could be the beginning of stabilization of relations between the two countries. He also stressed that Russia had nothing to do with cyber attacks on U.S. and other Western companies.