Tech’s Role in Helping Ukraine is A Cold Shower on Future Aggressors

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Barbara Comstock.

On a recent Price of Business show, Host Kevin Price visited with Barbara Comstock about the role tech companies have played in helping the people of Ukraine.
*  Elon Musk provides the Internet to Ukraine, circumventing Russia’s cyber attacks.
*  Microsoft helps the Ukrainians on several fronts, including a potentially catastrophic Malware attack
*  Meta, Facebook’s parent company, has disrupted Russia’s misinformation campaign.
*  The NY Times provided a powerful wrap up of the role tech companies are playing.
What is interesting is watching China’s response.  Many expected China to exercise aggression against Taiwan before Russia’s attack against Ukraine.  Unlike Russia, which has a largely insular economy largely made up of customers from countries that are allies or non-aligned nations, China depends heavily on the West.  This display of global unity against Russia — largely driven by social media — is a cold shower on possible aggressive belligerents worldwide. In fact, in a surprising move, China’s delegate to the UN Security Council abstained voting on the resolution condemning Russian aggression, when many thought they would vote against it. The situation in Ukraine is a powerful lesson in 21st century geopolitics.
In the past, when countries responded to such aggression, leaders could only hope the people would be on their side. That is usually only discovered in retrospect.  In this situation, the people have led the governments through social media.  It is a whole new world.

According to a statement:

“Antitrust law protects American consumers from low-quality goods and services, but Google’s products are highly innovative and free for everyone. The Justice Department’s misguided lawsuit stretches antitrust law beyond its breaking point and risks breaking the very products that Americans love and use every day.”

Barbara represented Virginia’s Tenth Congressional District, was a senior appointee in the Justice Department, and worked as a Congressional aide. Her election marked her as the first woman elected to that seat. She was named as one of the “Top Ten Most Effective Lawmakers” in the 115th Congress by the Center for Effective Lawmaking, a joint effort of the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University.

According to a statement from Ms. Comstock, “During her time in Congress, Barbara was a leader on technology and cybersecurity issues, chairing the Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Research and Technology subcommittee, as well as serving on the Joint Economic Committee, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the House Administration Committee. Her legislative achievements include passing legislation to promote women and disadvantaged populations in STEM, as well as expanding research in the technology space. Barbara also was the leader on anti-sexual harassment legislation in Congress, and legislation to tackle the opioid crisis and gang crime. She partnered with Senator McCain to reauthorize multi-year firefighter grants to increase innovation and public safety. While in Congress, Barbara was the only woman in the Virginia congressional delegation and the only Virginia member to chair a subcommittee.”

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