Today in international tech news: Huawei goes transparent, offering unfettered access to its software code in Australia. Also: Netflix's Asian expansion could hinge on local partners, and the U.S. says that Iran was responsible for a cyberattack on a Saudi oil company.
Huawei has offered Australian authorities unfettered access to its software code in an effort to combat the perception that it is a security risk, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.
In March, Huawei was barred from participating in the construction of Australia's National Broadband Network because of security concerns. More recently, the Chinese telecommunications giant was dubbed a security threat in a U.S. congressional investigation.
Huawei has not been transparent enough, the company's Australian Chairman, John Lord, admitted this week. To help remedy this, he has proposed establishing a national cybersecurity center that would evaluate all overseas technology products.
The UK, where Huawei has been allowed to operate, has this type of independent evaluation for cybersecurity threats.
According to ABC, this recent announcement is part of an ongoing PR campaign by Huawei in Australia. In addition, Huawei, which has 900 employees in the country, signed a multimillion-dollar sponsorship agreement with a professional rugby club.
Lord reportedly added that the company wants to prevent the security debate in Australia from becoming "distorted" like it has in the U.S.
By David Vranicar