University of Miami International and Comparative Law Review


This note will discuss the role that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (“CFIUS” or “the Committee”) has played in foreign relations and how it contributes to the balkanization of the internet today. The Committee is an interagency body that reviews foreign investments for potential national security threats. Recently, CFIUS has been in the spotlight for its role in the sale of TikTok, a cellphone app owned by a popular Chinese corporation, ByteDance. While much of CFIUS’ review in the past has been focused on Chinese-owned corporations, there is much debate about whether or not countries should opt to sever the internet due to political, social, or economic pressures. Through the example of TikTok, this note will analyze what the right balance is between protecting national security and maintaining a united internet