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In response to President Trump’s Executive Orders signed August 6, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) today announced prohibitions on transactions relating to mobile applications (apps) WeChat and TikTok to safeguard the national security of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has demonstrated the means and motives to use these apps to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and the economy of the U.S. Today’s announced prohibitions, when combined, protect users in the U.S. by eliminating access to these applications and significantly reducing their functionality.


“Today’s actions prove once again that President Trump will do everything in his power to guarantee our national security and protect Americans from the threats of the Chinese Communist Party,” said U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “At the President’s direction, we have taken significant action to combat China’s malicious collection of American citizens’ personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations.”


While the threats posed by WeChat and TikTok are not identical, they are similar. Each collects vast swaths of data from users, including network activity, location data, and browsing and search histories. Each is an active participant in China’s civil-military fusion and is subject to mandatory cooperation with the intelligence services of the CCP. This combination results in the use of WeChat and TikTok creating unacceptable risks to our national security.


As of September 20, 2020, the following transactions are prohibited:

1. Any provision of service to distribute or maintain the WeChat or TikTok mobile applications, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store in the U.S.;

2. Any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the purpose of transferring funds or processing payments within the U.S.

As of September 20, 2020, for WeChat and as of November 12, 2020, for TikTok, the following transactions are prohibited:

1. Any provision of internet hosting services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;

2. Any provision of content delivery network services enabling the functioning or optimization of the mobile application in the U.S.;

3. Any provision directly contracted or arranged internet transit or peering services enabling the function or optimization of the mobile application within the U.S.;

4. Any utilization of the mobile application’s constituent code, functions, or services in the functioning of software or services developed and/or accessible within the U.S.


Any other prohibitive transaction relating to WeChat or TikTok may be identified at a future date. Should the U.S. Government determine that WeChat’s or TikTok’s illicit behavior is being replicated by another app somehow outside the scope of these executive orders, the President has the authority to consider whether additional orders may be appropriate to address such activities. The President has provided until November 12 for the national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved. If they are, the prohibitions in this order may be lifted.


The notices for these actions will be posted on the Federal Register at approximately 8:45AM EDT on Friday, September 18, 2020.


Background:

On August 6, 2020, President Trump signed Executive Orders (E.O.) 13942, Addressing the Threat Posed by TikTok, and E.O. 13943, Addressing the Threat Posed by WeChat. In the E.O.s, the President determined that the apps capture vast swaths of information from U.S. users, leaving the data vulnerable to CCP access for nefarious purposes. Commerce, at the Direction of the President, was required to identify transactions within 45 days to protect national security and the private data of millions of people across the country. Today’s announced prohibitions fulfill the President’s direction and mitigate national security risks.


Three companies were among the first group of businesses to receive funding to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) under a program administered by the Hawai‘i Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) and the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT). Over $1 million in grants were awarded to Hawai‘i small businesses to help establish a local supply chain of cleaning supplies and PPE in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Awards can range between $10,000 to $500,000, with larger awards possible if determined necessary by HTDC. The program was appropriated $10 million of federal CARES Act funds by the Hawai‘i State legislature.


The PPE Supply Chain program provides grants to Hawai‘i small businesses with 50 employees or fewer. The main goal of this program is to increase the local capacity for producing cleaning supplies and PPE to help keep Hawai‘i safe. The program also has equally important secondary objectives of providing economic support for Hawai‘i’s struggling small businesses and supporting businesses that provide job opportunities for displaced workers. Additionally, HTDC’s priority is to advance innovative solutions related to the PPE supply chain. The participant must be producing or plan to produce PPE/Cleaning Supplies commonly procured by the State through the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency (Hi-EMA)


“We’re trying to keep people safe and accelerate the economic recovery. If we can start producing our own supplies to meet the local demand, the jobs stay in Hawai‘i and the money circulates in the local economy," said Mike McCartney, director of DBEDT.


COVID-19 has Hawai‘i facing serious economic challenges, leading many local businesses to find creative ways to navigate the new economy. The PPE Supply Chain program is providing important financial relief for small businesses impacted by ongoing shutdowns and increasing the local capacity for producing much needed supplies which will be crucial to the state’s recovery. The program aims to ramp up local manufacturing capacity to ensure COVID-19 safety supplies are available for the community while keeping the money circulating in the local economy.


Online applications are being accepted now through HTDC’s website at www.htdc.org. Completed applications are due no later than October 26, 2020. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. Submitted applications are being reviewed as they are received with awardees announced on a weekly basis. Applicants can view a previously recorded online info session and access frequently asked questions on the HTDC website.


Contact PPE@htdc.org for additional assistance.


Companies awarded by the PPE Supply Chain program

$500,000 - Kamanu Composites, LLC, face shields

$236,797 - Lanikai Brewing Company LLC, hand sanitizer

$500,000 - Min Plastics & Supply, Inc., face shields





The State of Hawaiʻi Office of Planning (OP) Statewide Sustainability Program is pleased to announce a series of virtual statewide Information Sharing Sessions to inform everyone about the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan (the Plan). The Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan is being updated and revised to serve as the State’s climate and sustainability strategic action plan.


“The people of the State of Hawaiʻi have long understood the challenges of our finite resources and the importance of co-existing with our ʻāina,” said Governor David Ige. “We are witnessing rising sea levels, temperature rise, and a decrease in precipitation; these climate change hazards require long-term sustainability planning to guide strategic implementation.”


To ensure that the plan reflects a sustainable and achievable vision, the State of Hawaiʻi Office of Planning is renewing the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan for the decade ahead. The revised plan will guide the coordination and implementation of Hawaiʻi’s sustainability and climate adaptation goals, principles, and policies (per Hawaiʻi Revised Statutes §226-65). It will also provide recommendations for a sustainable and resilient economic recovery for Hawaiʻi. The public is invited to participate to learn about the Plan and contribute to its revision process.


“This is an opportunity to integrate our local communities’ vision into the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan and provide recommended actions to guide Hawaiʻi’s sustainable economic recovery,” said Mike McCartney, director of the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism. “The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we live and work, and Hawaiʻi’s economic recovery must reflect these changes while incorporating our sustainability goals for a resilient future.”


The virtual statewide Information Sharing Sessions will provide opportunities for on-line participants to share their perspectives on Hawaiʻi’s ongoing sustainability and climate change initiatives, both local and statewide. These virtual statewide Information Sharing Sessions will provide information on the update process and planned improvements as well as solicit feedback regarding ongoing sustainability and climate change initiatives, gaps in existing policies and efforts, and recommended actions that the government, organizations, communities, and individuals can take to achieve the plan’s goals over the next 10 years.

“We look forward to hearing how the community envisions the future of Hawaiʻi. Your manaʻo and experience can help shape Hawaiʻi’s future through this renewal of the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan,” said Danielle Bass, State Sustainability Coordinator. “The United Nations aptly named this decade --spanning between 2020 and 2030-- as the ‘Decade of Action,’ the revised Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan will align with this momentum and provide recommendations for the next 10 years to achieve a sustainable and climate resilient future for our islands.”


The virtual statewide Information Sharing Sessions will be separated into comprehensive and topic-focused categories and will be held on the following dates:


Comprehensive Virtual Information Sharing Sessions


Friday, September 25, 12:00 Noon — 1:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvcuqprjMtE9U1fKZtSr6aqMQbkSnN3RfF

Wednesday, September 30, 10:00 am — 11:30 am https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkcOCvrTgoGtaSGx0a_F2muDhO4cBxCebq


Tuesday, October 13, 2:00 pm — 3:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIuc-6grD4sEtUxZzQG7q_Etbfp9bnwij-W


Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtdeqtrD0jGtIG1CbR3H_xSgQcn8Ul9avZ


Topic-Focused Virtual Information Sharing Sessions


Climate Action & Resilience: Friday, October 2, 9:00 am — 10:30 am https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMldOyvrj8uG9VDXrHu9lW10wd9Lv7K2WHg


Natural Environment: Monday, October 5, 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOigpzIrGtTuCqiVhf1PSdISD0Ecmceg


Rural Livelihoods & Traditional Customary Practices: Friday, October 9, 11:00 am — 12:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEvcumsrDgtE9Tzk5bcCJuHtmZiaNDTMRde


Social Stability & Human Health: Friday, October 16, 1:00 pm — 2:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUoduGuqjwqHtV88pwklS9fhoe4d9WiO2RX


Urban Communities & The Built Environment: Wednesday, October 28, 3:00 pm — 4:30 pm https://icfi.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctce6tqj0tHdadQUyjt-qb0g7Wmdyw82s3


Public involvement will help to keep the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan priorities timely and relevant. If you cannot participate in the virtual statewide Information Sharing Sessions but would like to contribute to the plan update, a survey is also available to solicit initial feedback through a short online survey, which will be open until September 23, 2020: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Hawaii2050.


If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Danielle M. M. Bass, Office of Planning, at Danielle.m.bass@hawaii.gov, allowing one week for accommodations. The State Office of Planning thanks all on-line participants for their time and manaʻo.


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