A change in administration in the United States has given a brief reprieve to TikTok and WeChat, two Chinese apps targeted in a series of Executive Orders by former President Trump, but questions about the national security, privacy, and censorship implications of these popular apps are set to persist in 2021.

ASD Emerging Technologies Fellow Lindsay Gorman joined ASPI analyst Fergus Ryan; Jordan Schneider, host of the ChinaTalk podcast; Joanna Chiu, journalist; and Dr. Christopher Parsons from the Munk School’s Citizen Lab, to examine and debate the challenges and threats posed by apps like TikTok and WeChat. Panelists discussed the policy options available to lawmakers, both in the United States and around the world, that go beyond blanket bans.