The Costs and Benefits of Banning Huawei


The U.S. government has accused telecommunications manufacturer Huawei of making its equipment capable of gathering information for the Chinese government. In response to these concerns, the U.S. has banned domestic telecommunications companies from using Huawei equipment in their networks as they roll out new 5G services. Some western countries, particularly in Europe, seem less willing to ban the company’s products.

National security concerns restrict available evidence, making it nearly impossible to do a full cost-benefit analysis of banning Huawei. But we may know more than we think.

This panel will provide an overview of the technical concerns and discuss the available evidence and the costs and benefits of banning Huawei, and potentially other Chinese companies.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Samm Sacks, Cybersecurity Policy and China Digital Economy Fellow, New America Foundation
  • T. Charles Clancy, Executive Director, Hume Center for National Security and Technology, Virginia Tech
  • Eric Geller, Cybersecurity Reporter, Politico
  • Scott Wallsten (moderator), President and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute
  • Additional Speakers TBA


  • April 9, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm