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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) says it will no longer work with ZTE or Huawei as part of a larger ban on doing business that have been accused of nefarious behavior.
The prestigious tech and engineering school said this week it was dropping its contracts and projects with both companies over the accusations that both have violated US trade sanctions.
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"At this time, based on this enhanced review, MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions," MIT vice president Maria Zuber said in a statement. "The Institute will revisit collaborations with these entities as circumstances dictate."
Both ZTE and Huawei have been the subject of extensive US government sanctions after intel agencies sounded alarms that the two Chinese telcos were uncomfortably close with that country's authoritarian government and were likely to be coerced into using their equipment to spy on the US and its alies.
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In addition to dropping contracts and projects with Huawei and ZTE, Zuber says MIT will be instituting new rules on any projects involving people and organizations based in China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia.
While the university has stopped short of an...
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